Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid, like any other type of first aid, is the help given to a person before appropriate professional help or treatment can be obtained.  Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before other help can be accessed.

The aims of Mental health First Aid are:

  1. To preserve life
  2. To provide help to prevent the mental health problem or crisis developing into a more serious state.
  3. To promote the recovery of good mental health
  4. To provide comfort to a person experiencing distress.
  5. To promote understanding of mental health issues.

The Mental Health First Aid training does not teach people to be therapists.  However it does train people:

  • How to ask about suicide
  • How to recognise the signs of mental health problems or distress
  • How to provide initial help
  • How to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.