MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID – Adult and Youth

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the initial help given to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The aid provided is not a substitute for professional help, but may help in stabilizing the person until appropriate professional or other assistance (including peer and family support) can be engaged.

Mental health problems include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and substance use disorders. Self-injury as a symptom is also included. Crisis situations include suicidal behaviors, acute stress reaction after a recent trauma, panic attack, acute psychotic behavior, and drug overdose.

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