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Mental Health First Aid in the US

Here is a small blurb I found at the site for The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.  This is an interesting concept and one I wholeheartedly endorse.   The more information we can disseminate out into our communities, the better it will be for all mentally ill individuals and the more accessible we will make care for this under served population.

So, please check this out; maybe even apply to become an instructor in your community.  Recommend this program to your local police and fire departments.  All first responder services would benefit from instruction in dealing with the mentally ill.

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid in the US

The root of most stigmas is generally fear. The stigma surrounding mental illnesses in America is no different: fear of not understanding the problem, fear of doing or saying the “wrong” thing, and fear of not knowing what to do when someone needs help.

Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour training course designed to give members of the public key 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 makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy — helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

Here you can learn all about the program, find a course near you, learn about becoming an instructor, and stay on top of the most recent news on the program.

This site pertains to Mental Health First Aid in the US. For information on the Australian program, please visit

Mental Health First Aid in the US

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October 15, 2009 - Posted by | Mental Health | , , , ,

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