We often hear the clinical terms used by doctors and other professionals to identify the symptoms of mental illnesses…but if someone hasn’t gone through it, would they know how to recognize it?
Through the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP), P² Collaborative is offering technical assistance to bring Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to 500 people across WNY. Last year, over 100 people were trained through PHIP.
Most people know how to respond to an emergency if someone were to have a heart attack using CPR or by calling 9-1-1. But very few know how to respond if someone is having a panic attack. MHFA is the initial help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis resolves.
MHFA training is an 8-hour training which teaches:
1 in 5 Americans suffer from Mental Illness each year according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). MHFA training helps in increasing knowledge and understanding of mental illnesses. Even First Lady Michelle Obama endorses it!
In just ten years, MHFA has become a full-blown movement in the United States with half a million Mental Health First Aiders. In 2016, the National Council for Behavioral Health is making it a priority to train more first aiders with a goal of having one million trained.