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 discrimination 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.
Adult Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning
signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour
course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and
connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the
common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use,
bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.
For more information or to participate in a Mental Health First Aid training in Naples, call NAMI of Collier County at 239-260-7300.