Mental health affects us all

Mental health affects us all
Ana Maria KingBy ana-maria

One in 5 Americans experience a mental health issue each year. So, last summer, PNA started offering Mental Health First Aid classes, in addition to our regular first aid and CPR classes, and we have two sessions coming up this March.

Mental Health First Aid Training is for anyone (18 and over) who may encounter someone in or near a crisis in their work or home life (which is basically all of us!).

This class is a great resource and skill-builder for parents, family members, managers, HR professionals, anyone in a helping field (nurses, doctors, police officers, etc.).

You’ll learn:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
  • Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.

As a mental health first responder, you can help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis, because you will be able to identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

According to Mental Health First Aid USA, here are 4 great reasons to become a Mental Health First Aider:

  • Be prepared: When a mental health crisis happens, know what to do
  • You can help: People with mental illnesses often suffer alone
  • Mental illnesses are common: 1 in 5 adults in any given year
  • You care: Be there for a friend, family member, or colleague
We hope to see you in one of our March Classes!