What is Mental Health First Aid?

Pawnee Mental Health

A training class to be held September 11 at the Astra Bank meeting room for Mental Health First Aid training by Pawnee Mental Health. There are 6-10 county employees taking the training but they can take up to 20 in the class. The cost per person is $20.  Can you find out if any other businesses/persons  would like to attend.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course. Just as CPR training helps a layperson assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
You will learn:

  • The prevalence of mental illnesses in the U.S. and their emotional and economic cost.
  • The potential warning signs and risks factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse disorders.
  •  A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care.
  • Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

Who can be a Mental Health First Aider?

  •   Educators/School Administrators
  •   College/University Leaders
  •   Students
  •   Human Resource Professionals
  • First Responders/Security Personnel
  • Nurses/Physician Assistants
  • Members of Faith Communities
  • Social Workers
  • Caring Citizens

Did You Know?
You are more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Disorders are more common than heart disease and cancer combined.



Please direct correspondence about Mental Health First Aid to:
Pawnee Mental Health Services
2001 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: (785) 587-4300
E-mail: mhfa@pawnee.org
The mission of Pawnee Mental Health
Services is to provide comprehensive quality mental health and substance use treatment and recovery services to strengthen the wellness of our communities.
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