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Mental Health First Aid: First Responders

Mental Health First Aid for First Responders

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8 Hours of CLEEs from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy or CEUs from SCDHEC Bureau of EMS offered!

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. You learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns. The training covers strategies to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations. You also learn where to turn for help in a crisis situation.

When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations. This includes when someone is experiencing panic attacks, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, nonsuicidal self-injury, psychosis (hallucinations or delusions), overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use and reaction to traumatic events. Practicing through role plays, scenarios and activities makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.

SC Thrive offers first responder-focused modules free to first responder personnel.

Mental Health First Aid for Fire & EMS
The Fire & EMS module focuses on the unique experiences and needs of firefighters and EMS personnel. It covers:
  • a discussion of first responder culture and stigma
  • Fire and EMS personnel's relevance to the topic of mental health
  • outreach tactics to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis
  • a discussion of the specific risk factors faced by first responders and their families

Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety
The Public Safety module focuses on the unique experiences and needs of public safety personnel. It covers:
  • defusing crises
  • promoting mental health literacy
  • combating stigma of mental illness
  • enabling early intervention through recognition of signs and symptoms
  • connecting people to care

SC Thrive is the leading training organization for Mental Health First Aid in South Carolina. We offer trainings focused on Adults, Youth. We also offer modules focused on Military and Veterans, Seniors and First Responders.

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