A first aid kit is helpful when you cut yourself or get a burn and if someone stops breathing, you can administer CPR. These medical skills are helpful for physical ailments, but how do you care for someone in the midst of a mental health crisis? Mental Health First Aid is a nationwide program that trains members of a community on how to interact and help someone with any mental illness.
Jermine D. Alberty, with the Missouri Institute of Mental Health and Beth Yoder- Stein, with Wyandotte Center discuss the importance of being trained in mental health first aid and how the 12-hour training session works. According to Yoder-Stein, being frank about suicide, getting treatment and other difficult subjects is key when talking with someone having a mental health episode.