SARITA LYNNE MINISTRIES - Mental Health First Aid
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Dr. Sarita Graham
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Mental Health First Aid USA

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of
mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses
role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to
the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors
and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating
disorders, and schizophrenia.
Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National
Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).


COURSE DETAILS

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs
and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis:

 Assess for risk of suicide or harm
 Listen nonjudgmentally
 Give reassurance and information
 Encourage appropriate professional help
 Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person
with help. First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or
therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?” and “where can
someone find help?” Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers
and national resources, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All
trainees receive a program manual to compliment the course material.


PROGRAM GROWTH

Mental Health First Aid was introduced in the U.S. in 2008 and, to date, hundreds of thousands of people from all 50
states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have taken the course. The course is offered to a variety of
audiences, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, and law enforcement.
Approximately 400 people are being trained each day with that number expected to increase.



 Mental Health First Aid (S.153/H.R. 274) has broad bi-partisan support and would authorize $20
million annually for training the American public. Fifteen states have made Mental Health First Aid a priority,
appropriating state funds including Texas that has allocated $5 million.
For more information or questions about Mental Health First Aid, please go to info@MentalHealthFirstAid.org. To
find a course or contact an instructor in your area, visit





The National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri
Department of Mental Health coordinate Mental Health First Aid USA.

COURSES AVAILABLE, CALL AND SIGN UP TODAY
Dr. Sarita Graham
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