mental health crisis
Mental health first aid is the first aid given to a person in a mental health crises. Like all first aid, it involves recognizing the emergency calling for help if necessary, & remaining with the person until trained personnel take over, or the crisis is resolved.
Keep person as calm as possible
Acknowledge the person's feeling
Speak quietly and firmly
what to look for
Inability to think clearly, concentrate
Hallucinations or delusions (e.g., hearing voices)
Depression or sudden mood swings
Obvious lack of motivation
what to do
In a mental health crisis, the most immediate threat to the person is suicide. Responding to a suicide or a suicide attempt can be traumatic. If possible, contact support systems for the person. If you suspect that the person could hurt someone – including him or herself, call EMS/911 immediately
The Canadian Red Cross with its new course material for Standard First Aid and CPR Level C has included Mental Health as part of the course. REGISTER for a course with us and learn how to deal with someone going through a mental health crises, and other types of medical emergencies.