‘You are more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental disorders are more common than heart disease and cancer combined.’
What is Mental Health First Aid?
The stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents people from seeking help or even acknowledging that they need help. And if they do want help, they don’t know where to turn. Mental Health First Aid equips the public to help individuals with illness connect with care.
Since 2010, AltaPointe’s Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certified trainers have taught hundreds of participants how to help identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.
Our trainers have held the training certification courses in cities along the Gulf Coast area and throughout the eastern United States. The interactive, 8-hour training course helps to improve mental health literacy of behavioral healthcare and other human service workers, non-profit organizations, employee groups representing a broad range of businesses and the public-at-large. Anyone with an interest in mental health may take MHFA training.
MHFA teaches people how to effectively intervene in a mental health emergency. Based on the same premise as medical first aid, MHFA trains individuals to recognize the signs and symptoms of various mental health crises to provide initial aid. Trainees are taught proven methods to assist adults experiencing a mental health crisis such as a panic attack, a suicide attempt, an overdose or a variety of other mental health emergencies. AltaPointe also offers Youth Mental Health First Aid training courses based on a curriculum that focuses on helping youth, ages 12–18, who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
AltaPointe works with nonprofits and businesses to schedule training onsite for employees and associates. AltaPointe also schedules training sessions for the public.
Certified Mental Health First Aiders learn a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help those in crisis connect with the appropriate support services that can help them recover. Learn the details about our next Mental Health First Aid or Youth Mental Health First Aid training session.