Giving something back - Lady Gaga pioneers America's first mental health first aid training program.

Giving something back - Lady Gaga pioneers America's first mental health first aid training program.
Giving something back - Lady Gaga pioneers America's first mental health first aid training program.

Giving something back - Lady Gaga pioneers America's first mental health first aid training program.

Lady Gaga has stolen the media spotlight recently; however, her latest work in something that we are very interested in here at Medical Training Solutions.

7 years ago Gaga and her mother founded the Born This Way Foundation. The organisation, which is committed to supporting the wellness of young people, has already accomplished a considerable amount in a relateively short space of time.

The organisation states that 'we've lifted up the voices of young people to tell transformative stories of compassion in action and created campaigns that have inspired millions of acts of kindness. We've conducted research that's helped to shed light on the mental health needs of young people and connected youth with the resources they need to support their mental and emotional wellness'.

Their latest project is seeing the BTWF teaming up with the National Council for Behavioural Health to launch America's first ever Mental Health First Aid training program. This program will initially be taught to high schoolers in grades 10 through to 12 and will focus on prominent issues such as eating disoders, depression, anxiety and substance use. The first tranche will be launched this spring in 8 schools and will expand later on in the year.

Many school teachers included in the program believe the program has huge potential; it makes sense for a student in crisis to talk to a friend and not a teacher or counsellor. "Teens trust their friends, so they need to be trained to recognize signs of mental health or substance use problems in their peers. The number one thing a teen can do to support a friend dealing with anxiety or depression is to help the friend seek support from a trusted adult," says Kickapoo high school counselor, Amy Moran.

Gaga is taking to social media to raise money for the BTWF's latest project and to spread awareness throughout the country. As practicing healthcare professionals we understand the devastating impact that ill mental health can have on the lives of young people. That is why we are delighed to see such positive movements towards creating a society in which mental health is being treated with the care and attention it deserves.

For more information on mental health first aid courses near me then contact a member of our team on 01603 486448 or email us at info@mtscourses.co.uk