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Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the US experience mental health challenges every year. And depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Mental Health First Aid is a research-backed, internationally recognized, 8-hour course that teaches how to help a fellow human who is experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. In the United States and Canada, it is overseen by the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Mental health challenges at work are too massive to ignore, and this type of prevention approach is too simple and effective not to employ. It’s not a replacement for access to clinical treatment. Rather, it’s a community approach that connects people with treatment and creates an informed social safety net outside of clinical care.
When your employees are trained to recognize signs of mental health distress and know how to communicate, they can be part of an immensely impactful early intervention effort. If we identify problems early, we increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible.