Just as CPR helps you assist an individual experiencing cardiac or respiratory arrest, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In a Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.  Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.  When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing: Panic attacks, Suicidal thoughts or behaviors, Nonsuicidal self-injury, Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions), Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use, Reaction to a traumatic event. The opportunity to practice — through role plays, scenarios, and activities — makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.

Mental Health First Aid is intended for all people and organizations that make up the fabric of a community. The course is presented to chambers of commerce, professional associations, hospitals, nursing homes, rotary clubs, parent organizations, social clubs, and other groups. Professionals who regularly interact with a lot of people (such as police officers, human resource directors, and primary care workers), school and college leadership, faith communities, friends and family of individuals with mental illness or addiction, or anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and addiction should get trained.

Silverdale Lutheran will host Mental Health First Aid on Saturday, Oct 28 from 8 am to 4:30 pm.  Due to a grant, there is no charge for this presentation. (Usual fee is $170). The class is currently FULL, but if you would like to be placed on the wait list, please notify our Parish Nurse, Lisa Ottenbacher, at or leave a voicemail message at 360-633-5042. If you have registered for the class and unable to attend, please notify Lisa so that someone else will have the opportunity to attend. Thank you!