Mental Health Awareness is becoming a hot topic due to the lack of access to counseling and inpatient beds available for those afflicted with a mental illness. This presentation is a basic overview of the most common types of mental illness we may see in an EMS / Fire setting. Depression, Suicidal Ideation, Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar and the reactions we may see with medications such as Catatonia and Dystonic Reaction. The overall intention of this presentation is to help providers understand what someone with a mental illness has to deal with on a daily basis and gain a different perspective on the challenges they face.
- List at least three ways to develop a rapport with a patient who has a mental illnessd
- Define “Support System”
- List at least two alterations in your body language when having a conversation with your patient
- Differentiate between Hallucinations and Delusions
- Define “Decompensation” and “Escalating”
- List the three things to evaluate when someone with Suicidal Ideation says he/she has a plan.
- List the criteria for defining the cycles of Bi-Polar
- Understand why patients who have a mental illness are reluctant or unable to get the help they need including counseling, emergency access or medications.
Instructed by: Janet Taylor
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