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You are important to others. One in four American adults or teens struggles with a brain disorder at some point in their life. You can #BeTheDifference to a person who is struggling with an illness that impacts their ability to live, laugh, and love. This session will point you in the direction of a certification that can enable you to save someone's life. More information can be found by visiting www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org


Mental Health First Aid is a course to give people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. The goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. Mental Health First Aid trainees learn a single five-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports. Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families, and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies. Ohio State faculty and staff are poised to help individuals who are struggling with mental health problems. We can be at the forefront of early intervention and breaking the stigma that exists. The importance of the knowledge gained from the adult or the youth course is life-changing and life-saving.
AUTHOR AFFILIATION: Misty Harmon, The Ohio State University Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Perry County, harmon.416@osu.edu (Corresponding Author); Jami Dellifield, The Ohio State University Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Hardin County; Amanda Raines, The Ohio State University Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Hardin County.


health, wellness, certification


Engaged Scholars, v. 6 (2018).