Mental Health First Aid

Presented by:

IHS Community Health Representatives Program & TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence in partnership with the
University of NM Division of Community Behavioral Health.

Mental Health First Aid gives people the skills to help someone who is experiencing a mental health problem or a mental health crisis. Trainees are taught how to apply the 5-step action plan in a variety of situations such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed.

There is no cost for Community Health Representatives. The training will be open to other disciplines if slots are available. Each training session involves a concise presentation of the topic with ample opportunities for case discussion and consultation. Providers working in primary care and schools as well as behavioral health agencies are urged to connect and receive continuing education credit for their participation.

Objectives:

  • Identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
  • Identify risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns
  • Perform strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations
  • Identify where to turn for help to assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis
  • Implement/Discuss case example of use of The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan  a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing: Panic attacks, Suicidal thoughts or behaviors, Non-suicidal self-injury, Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions), Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use, Reaction to a traumatic event
  • Define and identify the differences between recovery and resiliency
  • Distinguish between facts and myths of  mental health, illnesses, and disorders

For Information Contact:
Angela D. Banks-Harris
505-272-1566
abanksharris@salud.unm.edu