Published on Oct 01, 2013 and last reviewed on Nov 02, 2018 - 1 min read
In a country like ours where access to basic primary health care resources is still very poor, in such a scenario expert mental health services are very difficult to provide. Promotion of awareness then becomes increasingly necessary in such situations.
The reason behind giving first aid is to give initial treatment before the patient is able to receive adequate medical attention at higher centers. The same is true in case of mental health first aid.
The mental health first aid is given to a person having some mental illness or mental health crisis before he receives expert treatment from professionals.
Mental health first aid teaches people how to recognize common mental illness symptoms, how to provide initial help and how to take that person for additional professional help.
Mental health first aid or primary care is an awareness programme. The reasons for its implementation are:
Important Steps in Mental Health Primary Care
There are five basic steps, through which a person should approach a person with mental health problems. These are -
The 'mental health primary care' includes a training programme of two days that enhances the basic knowledge and includes awareness lectures about following most common mental health problems:
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