Mental health first aid

This week I went to an all-day training class for Mental Health First Aid, it was a great learning experience for me. Many of the attendees shared personal stories about themselves or a loved one who had trouble with anxiety, depression, or substance use. We did many group activities, watched videos, and lots of role playing, to help understand how it feels to experience some mental disabilities.

It was nice to hear different stories from everyone and listen to a variety of viewpoints on the topics. You don’t always realize how many people are impacted by these issues but this was a real eye opener, for me, to the vast extent of their reach. I think that makes it even more important for society to be educated about mental disabilities, how they can affect people, and how to react in certain situations.

I feel that this training was especially helpful for me because it showed me that I wasn’t alone in some of the problems that i experience. Seeing how involved so many people were, really gave me hope that people want to learn so that they aren’t afraid. Knowledge is Power!

If you would like more knowledge on people who have mental disabilities or how to handle a potential crisis situation, this is a great training class. We did role playing for auditory hallucinations, suicide discussions, and many team activities. The message that was reiterated repeatedly was the Action Plan to help someone who is experiencing a mental illness episode: ALGEE.

A-Approach, Assess and assist with any crisis
L-Listen non-judgmentally
G-Give Support or Information
E-Encourage Appropriate Professional Help
E-Encourage Other Supports

It is important to stay calm and to continuously assess the situation for risks to you, the person experiencing trouble, and any one nearby. If you believe there is risk then you need to contact law enforcement and keep yourself out of danger. For more information please visit:

Happy Friday Everyone, have a wonderful weekend!

-Karrlita F.