Mental health first aid teaches about recovery and resilience. The belief is that individuals experiencing these challenges can get better and use their strengths to stay well. When you take the course, you learn how to apply the mental health first aid action plan in various situations, including when someone's experiencing panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, or behaviors.
It's important to understand that self-harm or self-injury does not involve a conscious intent to die by suicide - and as such, the clinical term for this behavior is called Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI). NSSI can take many forms from cutting, picking, burning, bruising, puncturing, embedding, scratching, or hitting one's self, just to name a few. In its simplest form, NSSI is a physical solution to an emotional wound.