Purdue Extension discusses Mental Health First Aid


Can you recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health illnesses? Would you know how to respond if someone you knew was struggling with a mental health issue? Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. The course is grounded in the recovery and resiliency model– the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well. Hope is critical to overcoming mental health or addiction-related illnesses. Will you be the one to give it? Conversations about mental health don’t have to be awkward. Offer support confidently with Mental Health First Aid.


Through this course participants will learn how to: help other adults, understand common mental health challenges and contexts, review safe action planning steps, and cover topics like anxiety, depression, suicidality, substance abuse and trauma.


Who should attend? Mental Health First Aid is open to any adult who is interested to learn. No prior training or specific education is needed, and all experiences are welcome. Frequent attendees have included concerned family members and friends, faith-based leaders, farmers, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, school personnel, and veterinary providers. Mental Health First Aid can offer continuing education hours for certain professionals.


When and Where: Visit https://extension.purdue.edu/mhfa to learn more.

Cost: $20, includes training, lunch and participant workbook.

Register: Find date and location that works for you at https://extension.purdue.edu/mhfa.


If you have questions about this program or would like to schedule a training with your organization, please contact Abbi Sampson at 765-653-8411 or sampsona@purdue.edu or visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.


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