Introduction to Mental Health First Aid

Formats: 4-hour virtual course  |  1-day instructor-led onsite

This course introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in the workplace. We will teach you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental distress and potential mental crises in the workplace. In addition, you will learn how to respond to and deal with possible mental health situations and develop an action plan to handle mental health incidents when they arise effectively.

Learning Objectives »

  • Discuss potential situations of mental distress.
  • Explore risk factors and signs of mental health problems.
  • Learn how distress can lead to workplace violence.
  • Identify mental health issues in the workplace.
  • Effectively react and respond to a crisis.
  • Develop an action plan for mental health situations.
  • Identify resources available for responding to the crisis.

Course Agenda »

Introduction to Mental Health

  1. The Stigma of Mental Health Issues
  2. Prevalence of Mental Disorders
  3. Myths and Realities of Mental Health
  4. Risk Factors and Proactive Measures For Your Workplace

Responding to Mental Health Crisis

  1. Your Role as A Mental Health First Aider
  2. First Aid Action Plan
  3. Questions to Ask
  4. Practice with Case Studies
  5. Resources Available

Recognizing Mental Health Issues

  1. Definition of Mental Health First Aid—What It Is, and What It Isn’t
  2. Signs and Symptoms
  3. Depression
  4. Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  5. Substance Abuse
  6. Psychosis