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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-16

Basic life support for mental health crisis: You can be a hero

Nursing Faculty, MCC School of Nursing, NJ; Professor, Department of Global Health, Chamberlain University, IL, USA

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Dr. Catherine Poornaselvan
Nursing Faculty, MCC School of Nursing, NJ
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCN.IJCN_60_20

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Mental illness is not limited to a certain gender, age, sex, religion or race. However, due to the lack of awareness, acceptance, and education, many people endure symptoms without help and treatment, which can lead to the illness becoming progressively worse. Basic life support for sudden cardiac arrest is a well-known first-aid measure. First aid for a mental health crisis, however, is not widely known or understood. ALGEE a pneumonic for approach, listen, give, encourage and encourage is used as an assessment instrument in mental health first aid (MHFA) training that was first initiated in Australia and is now being provided in many countries globally. The mnemonic is simple to learn, just like Circulation Airway and Breathing for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Many studies done by MHFA organisations globally show that the information and knowledge ALGEE provides can help nurses, other professionals and interested members of the community to better interact with individuals who have mental health crisis. This article addresses the background, process and outcomes of MHFA.

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