• Nilmari Donate-Melendez, MA

CPR Training vs MHFA Training

Disclaimer: The goal of this article is not to compare trainings rather than to bring attention to a topic that we usually don’t talk about.

Have you ever been trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)? If so, good for you! We encourage every person to get trained, especially those who take care of children and seniors.

Now, have you ever performed CPR in someone? Your answer is probably, No.

CPR is inclusive of chest compression and mouth-to-mouth respiration. It was invented in the year 1960. Thorough its application, oxygenated blood is enabled to circulate to all the vital organs of a victim, especially, the brain and heart. You can keep a victim alive by performing CPR, until defibrillation and other advanced procedures are used for treating cardiac arrest. Sudden Cardiac Arrest in US alone kills more than 900 adults. Out of 550,000 people diagnosed with coronary heart disease, 335,000 succumb to the disease each year. As per American Heart Association, 95% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims die prior to even reaching the hospital. Out of all these numbers, only 6% survive cardiac arrest. You can increase the survival percentage by getting trained and informed about giving CPR and responding to victims of cardiac arrest instantly.

Similar to CPR, the Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA) can save a life. “The MHFA is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis”. (mentalhealthfirstaid.org)

What would you do if your best friend, coworker or family member tells you he or she is contemplating a suicide? How would you react? What would you say? In United States, someone completes a suicide every 12.8 minutes.

Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about

mental health and substance use problems and suicide by improving understanding and

providing a five steps action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify

and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder. Topics covered during the training includes: Depression and Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma,

Psychosis and Substance Abuse Disorders.

The training targets people who are in contact with other people on a daily basis; police, fire-fighters, human resources staff, supervisors, teachers, communities of faith, caregivers, people who work in front desks and friends or family members of someone who has a mental health illness.

HKC Parenting and School Consulting Services is now offering Mental Health First Aid Trainings for organizations who want to train their staff members. If you are interested in scheduling a training, please visit us at www.HKCconsult.com

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