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Mental Health First Aid

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Emily Collins

on 12 November 2014

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Mental Health First Aid
MENTAL HEALTH
Mental Health First Aid
What is it?
TYPES OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
SUBSTANCE RELATED DISORDER

STIGMA
Myths, misinformation and lack of knowledge
leads to discrimination
prevents access to help
hinders recovery
Mental Health
Statistics & Surveys
1 in 5 will experience some MH problem in a 1 yr period.
1 in 3 will experience a MH problem in their lifetime
ALGEE
SUPPORTS
KIDS HELP PHONE
1 800 668-6868
Good to Talk
18-26 yrs old
Statistics in Canada
Stigma
Defined as: Negative attitudes and behaviours toward people with mental health problems
Mood Disorders
Depressive
Bi Polar
Anxiety Disorders
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Panic Attack
Agoraphobia
Specific Phobia Disorders
Social Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Acute Distress Disorder & PTSD
Psychotic Disorder
Schizophrenia
S
chizoaffective Disorder
Psychotic Depression
Substance Induced Psychotic Disorder
In a 1 yr period - 16-17% of the population visit a physician for MH problem
In a 3 yr period - 35% of adults consult a physician for a MH problem
In a 5 yr period - 37% of the population receive treatment of a Mental Disorder
Federal Inmates
33% Major Depression
50% Alcohol & Drug Dependence
23% of Workers have experience physical health problems caused by stress, anxiety or major depression
20% of all sick leave relates to mental health
CAFFEINE
Mental Health First Aid
Types
5 BASIC ACTIONS
1.
A
ssess the risk of suicide and/or harm
2.
L
isten non-judgementally
3.
G
ive reassurance and information
4.
E
ncourage the person to get
appropriate professional help
5.
E
ncourage other supports
FAMILY

FRIENDS
FAMILY PHYSICIAN
Local Help Line
OPEN MIND OPEN LINE
(613) 310 OPEN (6736)
EAP
1 800 268 7708
Substance Abuse
Substance Dependence

Mental health as:
....the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity.
Mental Illnesses as being:
....characterized by alterations in thinking, mood or behaviour—or some combination thereof—associated with significant distress and impaired functioning. The symptoms of mental illness vary from mild to severe, depending on the type of mental illness, the individual, the family and the socio- economic environment.
Public Health Agency of Canada Defines:
Myths:
people with MH problems are violent
can make themselves better if they want to
MH problems are contagious
Greater community awareness
help recognize problems
feel comfortable seeking help
Health Canada Surveyed people with anxiety disorder, mood disorder or substance dependence
- 54% felt embarrassed / 54% faced discrimination
Supports
VIDEO
Mental Health vs Physical Illness
Moderate Depression
similar to MS, severe Asthma, chronic Heb B, or Deafness
Severe PTSD
is comparable to the disability of a Paraplegic
Severe Schizophrenia
is comparable to the disability of a quadriplegic
Aim of Mental Health First Aid:
preserve life where there may be a danger
provide help to prevent escalation of MH problem
promote recovery of good Mental Health
provide comfort to a person experiencing a MH problem

Teaches people to :
recognize symptoms of MH problems
provide initial help
guide a person toward appropriate professional help
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