World Mental Health Day campaign

Hello, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) family! Thank you for following along with our 10 for 10/10: 10 Ways to Take Action this World Mental Health Day campaign! The First Aider community truly showed up by helping spread awareness of the importance of mental wellbeing across the country. We received over 150 submissions of personal stories surrounding mental health and recovery and are excited to provide a platform where your voices will be heard. Stay tuned to find out who the lucky winners of a MHFA merchandise bundle and NatCon23 registration are! In case you missed it, check out the following video to see how MHFA staff practice self-care, and review these 10 ways to take action to help make mental wellbeing for yourself – and everyone – a reality.

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What Student Athletes (and Their Coaches) Need to Know About Mental Health

“In my sophomore year of high school, I took the teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) course as part of my gym class, and my number one takeaway is that mental health is just as important as physical health. … Prior to taking tMHFA, I ignored my mental health in pursuit of succeeding at basketball, soccer and lacrosse. … But sometimes, after long days of school and navigating issues with friends or family, playing sports feels like an impossible task.” Read more from teen First Aider Kayla O’Rourke on why tMHFA should be a required training for all student athletes

Living My Values

“As a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainer who is on the road and in virtual training spaces regularly, I am one who talks about the importance of centering wellbeing and self-care often. Like many in my courses, work and the stresses of life often disrupt my ability to be consistent. …So, I’d like to share a few tips that help me to stay on track and live into my values.” Read more from MHFA National Trainer Suzanne Pearlman.

4 Reasons to Become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 65% of employees say they are rethinking the place that work should have in their lives, and 56% say they want to contribute more to society. MHFA Instructors are the key to equipping communities across the country with the skills to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms that indicate someone may need help. Anyone with a passion for wellbeing can make a difference, and no specific academic or professional credentials are required to become an MHFA Instructor. Read more.

 Compassion and Mental Health First Aid

“I find the notion of compassion most compelling when doing everyday things: when I’m waiting in the checkout line in the grocery store, using public transportation or sitting in the park near my home. Those are the times I find myself wondering where it comes from, how it is learned, how we share it through our actions. … We all deserve compassion, and we all have the power to extend it to others. This is one of the many reasons why I cherish what we do in MHFA.” Read more from Janicanne Shane, MHFA’s director of client success.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Everything You Need to Know

This brief fact sheet will help you understand 988, the new three-digit dialing code that connects anyone experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge to 24/7 support from trained crisis counselors. View and download for more information.

According to the World Health Organization, every dollar spent on mental health treatment results in a $4 return in improved health and productivity. This Fortune article discusses how employers can support workers’ mental wellbeing and mentions that Walgreens is offering MHFA training to employees through its health and wellness program to meet growing demands. Read more.

In Ohio, schools are bringing Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training to the community to aid parents/guardians, teachers and more in recognizing and responding to mental health challenges among youth, this Crawford Source article reports. In late-October, Galion high school juniors will also have the opportunity to get trained in teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA). Read more.

This CNN article discusses how the community in Buffalo, NY is coming together to support those affected by the Tops supermarket tragedy. To ensure culturally sensitive support is available and accessible to those affected, the Erie County’s new Office of Health Equity is training counselors in MHFA and deploying them throughout the community to places like Bible studies and community centers so they can meet people where they’re at. Read more.