Could Mental Health First Aid Be the Next CPR?

An increase in federal funding has the opportunity to make Mental Health First Aid as well-known as CPR.

The 8 hour course teaches participants how to identify symptoms of a mental health issue or crisis and how and when to intervene. In California, the Department of Education received a $1.9 million grant last yeah to offer training courses for teachers, principals, bus drivers and others who work closely with school-age children to help better identify problems earlier and be able to provide intervention sooner.

With proposed legislation from Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Kelly Ayotte, another $20 million dollars to put toward expanding #‎MHFA training will hopefully be added to the upcoming budget.

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