Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Petition 26

Hello, I hope you are doing well, Today I am sharing a Petition I started in Memory of the Shooting Victims in Newtown Connecticut. I know it will not solve or stop random acts of violence on it's own, but I feel Mental Health First Aid is an important part of what we need to do to help possibly prevent such tragedies as last Friday. We need to educate the public school system on how to recognize and help someone who is suffering from Mental Illness and is in Crisis . With education, comes awareness and hopefully prevention of self harm or harm to others. I was not able to get an embeded code for the petition, but I included the link below. Please take 30 seconds of your time and sign this petition, you may just help save someone who is in desperate need.
Thank you,
Janet :)


http://www.change.org/petitions/26#



If you mention first aid, most people think of CPR, the Heimlich maneuver, or stopping bleeding. But what about mental crises? One in four adults has a mental disorder. Many Americans are trained in CPR and first aid, but are unprepared for handling a mental health issue. According to Clare Miller of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, two thirds of people suffering do not seek help.

Mental Health First Aid hopes to alleviate this. It is coordinated by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. They have training to certify instructors to deliver the 12 hour meal Health First Aid course in communities across the country. Their program teaches people how to respond to emotional emergencies. The course teaches people how to look for signs and symptoms. Mental Health First Aid is for anyone who comes in contact with the general public. Mental Health First Aid doesn’t teach how to diagnose or treat mental illness — like regular first aid, it helps a person until they get professional help

Mental Health First Aid Role Play
They teach the pneumonic ALGEE. A — Assess for the risk of suicide or harm, L — Listen non-judgmentally, G — Give reassurance and information, E — Encourage appropriate action, and E — encourage self-help and other support strategies. They also advise that if someone is behaving dangerously or has a weapon to call 911.

The Mental Health First Aid USA course has provided benefits to a range of professions and audiences to include:
Families
Volunteers
Young people
Faith communities
The general public
Nursing home staff
State policymakers
Mental health authorities
Primary care professionals
Employers and business leaders
School personnel and educators
State police and corrections officers

Check the Mental Health First Aid website for more classes in your area and webinars —http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/program_overview/

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