Did you know you can take courses to get trained in Mental Health First Aid? Tamieka Martin is a trainer at AltaPointe Health Systems, and tells Cherish Lombard Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.
Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports. Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families, and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies.
The next public date is for mental health first aid for youth is Thursday, July 10. The next adult mental health first aid session is Thursday, July 17. The courses are are open to the public and run all day each day from 8:00am – 4:30pm at AltaPointe, 2400 Gordon Smith Drive in Mobile. If you would like more information, please call (251) 450-4340.