Afraid to talk about mental health

Crisis Intervention 101

Crisis Intervention 101

Available now on for $9.99 with 50 % of the proceeds going to charity.

Skills we all need! ~ Review by Molly Arnold – This is a much needed book! So many people are afraid to talk about mental health in fear of humiliation or discrimination. I struggle with an anxiety disorder myself & it’s horrible, but what is worse is how people react when I’m having a panic attack. People don’t know what to do. Teachers and doctors have looked at me in shock and some even told me to ‘man up.’ People, especially those who work closely with the public, need to know these de-escalation skills!

This book is very easy to read. It holds so much information in a factual but empathetic way. If you work closely with people, I recommend this book! The Blythe Bridge story is a great, creative way to show people the best way to help someone in a medical crisis. It reminds people that although mental health problems are invisible, they are still as important and serious as any other problem!!

Great helpful book. I hope that more & more people will stand up to fight the stigma around mental health and books like this are a great way to start!

Book Description:

CRISIS INTERVENTION 101 In America, one in four people live with a diagnosable mental illness. Sadly, one in six of those people will have some contact with the police during their lifetime. Tragically, jails and prisons house ten times more people living with a mental illness as there are in hospitals. We want to change that.

Mental illness is a brain disorder or chemical imbalance. It cares nothing for race, religion, age or gender.

It doesn’t matter if we’re rich or poor, a brilliant mathematician or in special ed. It’s simply another form of illness or injury that affects human beings. And, a mental health crisis is a medical crisis. A person needs help.

Crisis Intervention 101 gives a simple overview of mental health and the calls first responders most often are called to; reasons why a crisis can happen, and offers basic understanding about how to verbally de-escalate a crisis. These skills are taught in a common sense approach, and are appropriate for law enforcement, emergency responders, school personnel and advocates. They can also be learned by anyone. They should be learned by everyone.

Used across the nation, these de-escalation steps are a change to the traditional authoritarian model. Rather than giving orders, we learn how to “actively listen.” The book uses pictures and short descriptions to show how to build a truthful and honest rapport with another person and how to offer options; allowing a person time to choose the best option under the circumstances.

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These are human communication skills and can be mastered by us all. Imagine the difference if we did. Imagine a world if we do. This basic book includes links to two accompanying videos. These short videos show an overview of a mental health crisis and examples of the verbal de-escalation steps in action.

The book and videos are used in a crisis intervention advanced training designed specifically for rural law enforcement.The class is approved by Minnesota Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) for continuing education credits for law enforcement. It can be adapted for anyone who works with people in crisis.

50% of the proceeds from this book are donated to advocacy organizations: 25% to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) St. Croix Valley 25% to HOPE Coalition to end child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and homelessness.

Crisis Intervention 101

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