BeTheDifference for those in need.

Mental Health First Aid

As a Mental Health First Aider, you play an important role simply by
giving those around you hope. Having the latest information and
resources about mental health and substance use challenges can help
you support people around you and prevent a crisis situation.
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TIPS TOOLS & RESOURCES

World Mental Health Day 2021- Many of us are navigating  feelings of frustration, uncertainty  and exhaustion as the COVID-19 pandemic continues on. In honor of World Mental Health Day 2021, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing invites you to take a public pledge  to unite as a community  and move  Forward Together to support those around us who need it most.

Bipolar Disorder: Debunking Myths and Misconceptions- Bipolar disorder is not as well understood as more  common disorders like depression, anxiety  or post-traumatic stress disorder. Debunking common myths and misconceptions can  help break down the stigma surrounding a diagnosis that affects many  and give you the tools to #BeTheDifference in your community.

Five Tips to Turn Around a Stressful Day- Everyone has tough days. How you handle the stress is what makes a difference, and your response can  impact  the trajectory  of the rest of your day  and week.  Tips and resources from Mental Health First Aid can  help you turn difficult days around and make the most of what’s ahead.

How to Help a Friend Who is Being Bullied- October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and you can  use teen Mental Health First Aid to help your peers who are being bullied get the help and support they need.  As a First Aider, you can  lead  by example and #BeTheDifference for your friends and classmates.

ADVOCACY CORNER

-On October 8, California Governor Gavin Newsom  signed  Senate  Bills  14  and  224   into  law . Together, these bills expand mental health education in schools and increase access to programs like MHFA

-Thank you to all who attended the National Council’s  Hill  Day  at  Home   last week!  If you didn’t get a chance to join the event, you can  still learn more  about  our  advocacy  asks  and take action  today

– there’s still time to make  a mark!

- Sign up for National Council advocacy alerts and learn how you can take action to ensure equitable access to high-quality services, including Mental Health First Aid training's. Take action when possible. This may include voting, spreading the word in your networks or writing to your legislators.

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