What types of crisis interventions are covered?
Participants are taught how to provide effective crisis intervention in a variety of situations:
- Panic attack
- Suicidal behaviour
- Substance overdose
- Acute stress reaction
- Psychotic episode
An important component of Mental Health First Aid training is the opportunity to practice the intervention strategy rather than to just learn about it. This simple experience can make it easier to apply the knowledge in a real-life situation.
In addition to crisis interventions, participants learn how to have confident and effective conversations about mental health, regardless of whether someone is in crisis or not. This includes recognizing the signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health problem or noticing a change in someone’s behaviour and starting a conversation with that person.