Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety
Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour course that teaches a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, and self-help care. Participants learn the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and, most importantly, teaches individuals how to help someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM The course is taught to police, first responders, corrections officers, and other public safety audiences around the country. Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety provides officers with more response options to help them deescalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so they can respond to mental health related calls appropriately without compromising safety. This course strongly focuses on the officer wellness part of policing (all officer wellness sections of this new module were written by our Executive Director, Eric Weaver), to include understanding cumulative stress, critical incident stress, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The module also focuses on can achieve and maintain a state of wellness throughout their career. In addition, MHFA for Public Safety help the officers with defusing crises, promoting mental health literacy, combating the stigma of mental illness, enable early intervention through recognition of signs and symptoms, and connecting people, as well as fellow officers, to care.
Learn more: download the Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety one-pager.