How to help someone struggling with mental illness

The Mental Health First Aid course teaches people who are not mental health professionals to respond to people in crisis based on understanding rather than fear. Millions of people have taken the course in 24 countries since its introduction two decades ago. It has been shown to give trainees greater confidence in their ability to provide help, but its effects on the people receiving the care is less clear. The training can be particularly useful to healthcare and law enforcement workers who are more likely to encounter such scenarios.

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