Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until the crisis resolves.

Mental health problems are common and with the stigma associated with mental illness, many people are not informed. Professional help is not always on hand and most people often do not know how to respond when someone is in crisis. Therefore, frequently, people with mental health problems do not seek help.

Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual. The certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.

For more information or to participate in a Mental Health First Aid training in Naples, call NAMI of Collier County at 239-260-7300.

You can also fill out the Mental Health First Aid Registration Form.