Educational Program:

FHC Primeros Auxilios en Salud MentalMental Health First Aid: First Aid Academy in Mental Health provides participants with the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Attendees participate in a 8-hour course and take a written exam must be passed with 70 points or more. Comply with these requirements, are certified by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare which is valid for three years. Graduates will be prepared to provide mental health care in an emergency in which professional help arrives. The course is not intended to substitute for mental health professionals.

The course has helped emergency professionals from various fields like:

  • Religious leaders
  • Business Leaders
  • Personal schools
  • Law enforcement and correction
  • Citizens concerned about mental health in their communities
  • Nurses and other primary care and emergency
  • Relatives of people with mental health problems or abuse of psychoactive substances

What our rescuers say about the course:

  • Great tools to help so many people today who may face different situations and not knowing how to handle them correctly.” – Director of Human Resources
  • A very good course. You learn and you can practice with so many people who really need it. “- Teacher
  • “Throughout my career I had never received training on eating disorders; this has enabled me to attend many patients. “- Physician
  • In many seminars and workshops I’ve attended, this has been one incredibly educational and excellence.” -Nurse

The First Aid course helps:

  • Crisis Control
  • Promote awareness about mental health
  • Combat stigma about mental illness
  • Facilitate early intervention by identifying signs and symptoms
  • Connecting people with care providers requiring mental health

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  • What is mental health first aid?
    Mental Health First Aid is a training course designed to provide participants with skills to help an individual who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course helps participants identify, understand and respond to the signs and symptoms of mental illness.
  • How the First Aid course on Mental Health last?
    It lasts 8 hours and is performed as a one-day seminar.
  • What participants learn Mental Health First Aid?
    Those who take the course can help people experiencing mental health crisis – for example, thinking about suicide. The goal is to keep stable the person until appropriate professional help arrives. Mental Health First Aid teaches rescuers particular 5 step strategy that includes risk assessment, listen to and support the person in crisis, identify the appropriate professional and other support. Participants learn about the risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems. Known about the impact of the disease on individuals and families, treatment, support and resources for self-help strategies.
  • What types of interventions are covered in crisis?
    Participants learn how to apply the 5-step strategy in a variety of situations, such as a panic attack, suicidal person, or individuals with an overdose of drugs or alcohol. An important component of training in Mental Health First Aid is the opportunity to practice the intervention strategy. This simple experience can make it easier to effectively apply the knowledge in real life.
  • Where did you start in Mental Health First Aid? 
    Mental Health First Aid was created in Australia in 2001 by Professor Tony Jorm, a respected professor of mental health education; and Betty Kitchener, a specialist in health education nurse. The program is sponsored by the Center for Research ORYGEN University of Melbourne, Australia. (www.mhfa.com.au)
  • Who should take the course on Mental Health First Aid?
    The course is designed for a variety of audiences: friends and relatives of people with mental illness or addiction; key professionals (such as police officers, directors and staff of human resources staff and primary care); education system staff and leadership of the university; faith communities; and anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and addiction.
  • Is there evidence to support the effectiveness of the program?
    Yes, the sound scientific evidence is the reason why the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare adopted this program in 2008 Five studies published in Australia show that the program saves lives. ; improving the mental health of the person offering help and from which it receives ; increases awareness of mental illness and its treatment ; increases the services provided and reduces the negative stigma , improving knowledge about mental health. A study of 301 randomized participants found that those who were trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others ; greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help ; better agreement with health professionals about treatments ; and less negative attitudes. Unexpectedly, the study also found that Mental Health First Aid improved the mental health of the participants.