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

Listen empathetically

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.    

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