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Mental Health First Aid



TJ Skalski recently offered Mental Health First Aid for Parkland School Division. The in-service was an interactive and intense two days focusing on mental health issues and how to support people struggling with disorders. Substance, Mood, Anxiety, Eating and Psychotic disorders affect many Canadians. In Canada, one person in three will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime.  Hopefully with increased awareness and education we can provide the support and resources to support mental health concerns. ALGEE references the 5 basic actions of Mental Health First Aid:

1. Assess the risk of suicide and/or harm

2. Listen non-judgmentally

3. Give reassurance and information

4. Encourage the young person to get appropriate professional help

5. Encourage other supports


Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

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