Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to the signs of a mental health challenge. Just as CPR helps someone with no clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps a person experiencing a mental health crisis.
In 2018 it was found that 19 percent (47.6 million) of U.S. adults experienced a mental illness, with suicide being second leading cause of death among people age 10-34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall. In Erie County, that’s over 55,000 individuals, or 1 in 5, that are going to face a mental health challenge this year. Less than half (43.3 percent) are going to receive the treatment that they need, with an average delay of 11 years before reaching out for help.
When you take MHFA, you are trained to help people in need. With so many experiencing a mental health challenge, it is becoming more common to learn what we as bystanders can do to help in a crisis.
Soon, NAMI will also be able to train participants in Youth Mental Health First Aid! Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
If you would like to schedule a training for your staff, or are interested in community trainings held at the NAMI office, you can call (814) 456-1773.