You may know CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, but do you know how to respond when someone says they are thinking about suicide? Mental Health First Aid is a free eight-hour training program at Samaratin Pacific Communities Hospital that provides participants with the tools to identify signs of a mental health problem or crisis and get help for a person in need.
This course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.
Samaritan Health Services invites community members to register for the upcoming Adult Focused Mental Health First Aid course on Thursday, April 19, from 8am to 5pm at the Center for Health Education.
Registration is required and space is limited. To register, please call 1-866-243-7747 or email SHSHealthEd@samhealth.org. To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, visit samhealth.org/MentalHealthFirstAid.