Responding to critical illnesses of the mind –

August 30, 2016

How Mental Health First Aid can be a powerful act of compassion

There’s a deadline looming at your office. Stressed by his workload and afraid of being fired, your colleague starts to panic, breathing rapidly. It might be an anxiety attack.

What do you do?

A close friend has been depressed, absent and withdrawn for weeks. Suddenly you get a chipper phone call. Would you recognize the mood shift as a potential warning sign?

What would you say?

If your co-worker had a heart attack or your friend broke an ankle, the protocol would be pretty clear: Stabilize an injured limb; wrap and elevate a wound; administer CPR, if properly trained; call 911.

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