Mental Health First Aid is a training — like regular First Aid or CPR — designed to give people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program reflects that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
The course uses discussion, reflections, and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of specific illnesses.
Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen non-judgmentally
- Give reassurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies
Though the Mental Health First Aid course is valued at $170 per participant, it is offered at no cost to Pacific University faculty and staff. Course funding is provided by the Human Resources Department and through a grant from Nonstop Wellness.
All faculty and staff are invited to visit the Employee Wellness webpage for more information and to register.