“According to the current epidemiological estimates, at least one in five people has a diagnosable mental disorder during the course of a year..” From Mental Health: A Report From the Surgeon General.
Chances are high that you, and/or someone you know, at some point in life have been affected by some type of mental health issue. Perhaps it was dealt with quietly and eventually resolved. Perhaps it prompted a visit to a physician or mental health care professional. Perhaps lack of knowledge about the illness and available resources escalated into a crisis situation. It would be ideal to prevent a crisis from occurring, but if it does, it is important for loved ones to know how to handle it.
NPR featured a story about a Mental Health First Aid Course which I thought was worth sharing. Like CPR and other first aid classes, it is meant to provide valuable tips about providing interim care/support to someone in an emotional crisis until professional help can be accessed.