'It really changes the life of those who take it';  Stephanie Carlson explains the benefits of learning mental health first aid

‘It really changes the life of those who take it’; Stephanie Carlson explains the benefits of learning mental health first aid

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – Many people have taken some sort of basic first aid training course where you learn how to perform CPR, recognize the signs of a stroke or heart attack, bandage a wound or save someone from suffocation. Mental health first aid training prepares people for what to do when they encounter someone who is having a mental or emotional crisis rather than a physical one.

Stephanie Carlson is a mental health first aid instructor. She explains how regular first aid focuses on What to domental health first aid teaches people what to say.

“You’re so much more likely, I believe, in my experience at least, to use mental health first aid than to use CPR or first aid training,” she said. “It is truly life changing for those who take it.”

Watch Morning Break’s Katey Roshetko’s conversation with Carlson about the other benefits of learning mental health first aid, the rate of mental health issues and suicide deaths in America, and how we need more people step in and lend a listening ear to those struggling with their mental health.

Carlson will teach a mental health first aid training course at Barton Health in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, September 29. 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event takes place at the Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness in Conference Room C.

Click here to register and find out more.

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