DULUTH,MN– Just like CPR can save someone’s life during a heart attack, mental health first aid can ease a person’s anxiety during a panic attack.
Northlands Healthy Minds hosted a class Wednesday teaching the signs of someone going through a mental health or substance abuse crisis.
Class facilitator Pat Michals says, “Know that mental illness is just like any other illness, diabetes, cancer, and there’s hope.”
Participant Stephen Sinclair says it opened his eyes to the issue.
He says, “I don’t think I knew nearly as in-depth what those could be and what they entail. What people who have those anxiety disorders go through.”
Sinclair works with kids, he says overcoming the mental health stigma can start at an early age.
Sinclair says, “I would really like to see, especially with the youth that I work with I want them to understand that it’s okay to have mental health issues that they can bring up to other people and get help for.”
The class also taught how to help someone in a mental health crisis.
Organizers say its all about keeping the conversation going.
Michals says, “The people who’ve come to the class are really open to learning and I am hoping that they will then share what they’ve learned to educate the public because that’s a big part of this.”
Northland Healthy Minds is a collaboration of 50 businesses in the Duluth Superior area working toward eliminating the stigma around mental illness.