When availability of the Automated External Defibrillator became widespread, the survival rate of cardiac arrest victims rose.
We can address mental health emergencies in the same way.
So, what is a mental health first aid kit?
We haven't exactly figured this part out yet, but here's what we've come up with.
First aid kits have the tools to respond to emergencies.
A mental health first aid kit should have multiple tools as well. This is the hardest part of creating the concept- we have to decide what tools we can keep in these installations.
First aid kits provide instructions on how to use them and what steps to take after you're done.
A mental health first aid kit should provide instructions on addressing mental health emergencies, calming one's self down, and what steps to take in the aftermath of such events.
First aid kits are widely available and assessable.
We have to install mental health first aid kits everywhere: in our schools, in our homes, in our businesses, and in our walkways. Mental health first aid kits won't do any good if we can't find and use them.
First aid kits are distinguishable.
These devices must have a striking, noticeable design. In Gunnison, the mental health first aid kits should be just about as noticeable as a fire hydrant.
First aid kits require maintenance.
There's no doubt it'll require a good stream of resources to keep these installations going. Just as one would restock bandages in a first aid kit, we must make sure that the single-use tools in these devices stay stocked.
To move forward, we need your feedback.
Feedback will help us further develop this concept.
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