Updated, June 2021.
What’s the first thing you should do when someone is experiencing a panic attack? What if you suspect someone is at risk of harming themselves? How should you approach them?
The Global Burden of Disease study (2017) revealed that 792 million people worldwide are living with a mental health disorder. That’s roughly one in ten people globally.
And yet, shockingly few of us know the signs of poor mental health, or how to respond to a mental health emergency.
We understand that early intervention is key to saving lives and getting people the help they deserve. But we are fearful of saying the wrong thing, causing offence, or making the situation worse.
Anyone who works in a community-serving role can benefit enormously from mental health first aid training. It’s not just health care providers who encounter people suffering from mental illness.
From teachers to social workers to law enforcement to business managers—everyone should know the basic response strategies.
So, let's get started. Here are the 5 steps of mental health first aid, explained in plain language.