||Mental Health 1st Aid teaches participants a 5-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs & symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen nonjudgmentally
- Give reassurance & information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help & other support strategies
Like CPR, Mental Health 1st Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis & connect the person with help. They do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools & answers key questions, like “what do I do?” & “where can someone find help?” The instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers & national resources, support groups, & online tools for mental health & addictions treatment & support. Students receive a program manual to compliment the course material. This focuses on adults over the age of 18.
||Madison Police Department Training Center
5702 Femrite Drive
Madison, WI 53718
||Sgt Linda Covert
Madison Police Training Center
5702 Femrite Dr
Madison, WI 53718
||Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.