Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of alcoholism.
Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.
Mental Health First Aid is for anyone who wants to make their community healthier, happier and safer for all. When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they need. Mental Health First Aiders can even save lives.
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Crisis center located in Houghton, MI
Addiction treatment with locations across the UP
Local Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan
Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon
Alger, Delta, Luce, Marquette Counties
Dickinson, Iron, Menominee Counties
Chippewa, Mackinac, Schoolcraft Counties
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This program offers follow-up support by phone call or text message for people dealing with suicide risk or loss, addiction, or complex crisis.
Follow up includes:
- Emotional support
- On-going assessment of mood and potential suicide risk or relapse
- Assistance with safety planning
- Connection to resources to overcome barriers