Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid was created by Professor Anthony Jorm, a mental health literacy professor and Betty Kitchener, a health education nurse.

Similar to CPR and First Aid for emergencies of the body, the Mental Health First Aid program was designed to help a person experiencing a crisis of the mind and/or spirit.

Stop right here!

A crisis of the mind and/or spirit. 

This training has been distributed all over the world to law enforcement, emergency transport personnel, policymakers, and legislators and it was designed to deal with someone having a mental health crisis (a fictional idea of someone experiencing emotional and/or psychological tumult from the everyday stresses and strains of life…which is what mental health is)

Mental Health first aid has appropriated, like an audacious thief from the circumstances of a neurological crisis, and the neurobehavioral consequences of a brain health crisis (invoking delusions, hallucinations, anger, aggression, and the threat of violence), papering over real medical crises with a crisis of metaphorical illness.

This training psychologizes all suicide, with assertions such as…Suicide is preventable.  People do not want to die, but see death as the only way to end pain.  Mental health awareness in general uses the spectre of suicide to get the general public to buy into the idea that we should all be hyperattentive to our emotional and psychological difficulties (self-care) that are a normal part of life on this planet as a human being.

This kind of training keeps people in pitch black darkness about what bipolar expert Julie Fast calls “A Different Kind of Suicide”.  It is not about a crisis of the soul.  It is a neurological condition (which can involve a phenomenon known as ‘command hallucinations’) where your brain is commanding you to kill yourself….and the afflicted person may be unaware that something is wrong.  This is why this type of “suicide” is sometimes called ‘accidental’.  A person with anosognosia and emotional blunting may not even be experiencing the emotional pain that is portrayed in these psychologized depictions of suicide.

These are some of the absurd recommendations on how to respond to someone experiencing hallucinations and delusions – which again, are neurological, and in the throes of a brain health crisis, can be occurring within a “locked-in” state of disordered consciousness.

  • Communicate positive expectations
  • Talk to friends, family, a peer specialists, someone trusted, pray, join a support group
  • Deep-breathe, relax, exercise, walk, laugh

Neurological detachment from reality (so-called psychosis) and the anosognosia that attends it, is not a crisis of the mind and/or soul.  The very idea of a crisis of the soul requiring first aid is the con job.  The fact that the vendors of these courses have profited in the millions from the sale of their content and mental health professionals (counselors, therapists, “peer specialists”, and so-called “clinical” psychologists) have benefited downstream, is unfortunate enough.

But there are more serious consequences of this “con” – which might be shorthand for confabulation, given that the distant history of today’s mental health awareness is rooted in the firmly held but pathologic beliefs of Adolph Meyer’s Mental Hygiene Movement.

This psychologization of neurologic phenomenon is putting people in jail and prison.  When someone looks at behaviors and attributes those behaviors to something that is just wrong with the psychosocial mind and does not understand that those behaviors are the product of a dysmentative-producing state of consciousness, that afflicted person is put in grave jeopardy.

This is why the late D.J. Jaffe asserted (in his lexicon) that “Mental Health Kills” people with Brain Health Disorders, referring to the deadly misinformation that mental health awareness has perpetrated.

The miseducation of our legislators has resulted in a proliferation of Crisis Centers, many furnished with “calming chairs” described as:

The Living Room Model which is a walk-in respite centers for individuals in crisis. These home-like environments offer a courteous and calming surrounding for immediate relief of crisis symptoms and to avert psychiatric hospitalization.  They may be bedded units that range from 6-16 beds and staffed by licensed and unlicensed peer support as well as clinical and non-clinical professionals who hold masters and bachelor degrees.

No competent medical doctor would ever dream up such a preposterous thing as these centers to manage someone in the throes of an encephalopathic behavioral crisis,  or mental health first aid for the same.

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