Mental Health First Aid

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Mental Health First Aid International is an even better import than koalas. The following paragraphs are from its website: "An evidence-based program," "an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis." "Mental Health First Aid was created in 2001 by Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education, and Anthony Jorm, a mental health literacy professor. Kitchener and Jorm run Mental Health First Aid Australia, a national non-profit health promotion charity focused on training and research." "Mental Health First Aid USA adapted the program of Mental Health First Aid Australia."


I learned about Mental Health First Aid in an Institute for Challenging Disorganization teleclass, "Depression in the Elderly," led by the pioneer Organizer Kit Anderson, Anderson Organizing. And tried signing up for a training that night. Well, a few weeks later...


I finished the free course on Friday, October 18, 2019. I'm grateful to my teachers at NAMI Eastside (National Alliance on Mental Illness). NAMI is "a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for those impacted by mental illness through advocacy, education, and support."


I'm still regaining my balance. It brought up experiences of 30 years ago. The class extracts honesty from its participants. It mandates patience. It commands some real courage. There's a textbook I still need to read, re-read and read again. Do I know I'm better prepared to help someone in crisis? I believe so. My sense of honesty dictates that I'm unsure unless I find myself successfully using these new tools.


But I intend to recertify every three years as required. If I am ever tested, I always want to be grounded.


Please investigate the class for yourself. It might give you some insight and techniques for interacting with a troubled neighbor, a co-worker in crisis, a family member.




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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Lauren, you've been sharing loads of helpful information. Thank you!

Oct 23, 2019 08:15 PM #5
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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NAMI does great work. Mental Health First Aid International's free course sounds beneficial.

Oct 23, 2019 10:49 PM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lauren - thank you for informing us of this free course by NAMI. Time for more investigation.  

Oct 24, 2019 05:50 AM #7
Sarah, John Rummage
Benchmark Realty LLC, Nashville TN 615.516.5233 - Nashville, TN
Love Being Realtors® in the Nashville TN Area!

NAMI is a wonderful organization, with so many low cost or free help, including support groups. 'With Hope In Mind' is support for those who have a loved one with possible mental illness.


Oct 25, 2019 05:54 PM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think nothing could be more important then putting mental health on the same playing field as physical health.

Oct 25, 2019 09:07 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Do you need organizations like this all of the world to lift people up and to help them be their best selves despite whatever they may be facing. I’ve seen seemingly miracles happen with people!

Oct 25, 2019 09:08 PM #10
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Mental health resources are important, yet, most Americans are not aware of  organizations like NAMI, so, thank you for sharing this invaluable information. 

Oct 26, 2019 01:06 AM #11
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Thanks for the insight and all the good links!  We could all use some education in this field.

Oct 27, 2019 06:57 PM #12
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Sounds like this was personally challenging as well as rewarding.    I can relate.   It's great that you're willing to help others at their time of need!

Oct 29, 2019 11:53 AM #13
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