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Mental CPR: Save Lives by Knowing the Five Signs

Presented by Bo Bennett, PhD


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Nearly one in every five people, or 42.5 million American adults, has a diagnosable mental health condition. Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14. Often our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even family members are suffering emotionally and don’t recognize the symptoms or won’t ask for help. This 20 minutes course in "mental CPR" will help you learn the signs that could one day help you save a life.

Save Lives by Knowing the Five Signs

know some basic mental health statistics

recognize the five signs that might indicate someone is in emotional pain and might need help

be able to suggest some resources to those who might need help


This course based on the material provided by but run independently from The Campaign to Change Direction, a coalition of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to “change the story” in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. Learn more.

The information on this website is intended for the sole purpose of educating the user regarding topics related to mental health and is not meant as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Those who are at risk, should seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.

By the end of this course, you will be better equipped to save lives.

Audience

This course was designed for students 13 and up.

Learning Resources

For this course, text, audio, and video resources are used. All of the resources are compatible with virtually all modern web-browsers and mobile devices.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Required Resources

There are no required resources for this course.

Optional Resources

There are no optional resources for this course.

Course Organization

This course begins with an introduction lesson, then the other lessons presented are in no particular order. You are free to skip around to the lessons that interest you most at the time and complete the lessons in any order.

Grading

This course is graded on a pass/redo scale. When lessons are reviewed, the student will either get a "pass" or a "redo". Students can redo assignments as many times as they like. All of the lessons are evaluated by both manual review of lesson-specific assignments and automatic grading of quizzes.

Student Evaluation

This course contains instructor-reviewed assignments, self-evaluated assignments, and multiple choice quizzes. There are no due dates or time limits on any of the assignments or quizzes.

Student Expectations

As a self-paced course, there are no time expectations. However, student support is limited to 6 months from the start of the course date. Students are expected to communicate with instructors and other students in a professional and respectful manner.

This Syllabus May Be Updated

The contents of this syllabus may change from time to time. All students will be notified by e-mail of any significant changes.

Lessons in this Course

Click on any lesson below to see the lesson details. If you are a student and logged in, or if the lesson is a sample lesson, you will be able to go to the lesson.

Lesson #1: The Current Story

Lesson #1: The Current Story

The way we tend to view mental health in this country is seen as very different from how we view physical health. Mental health is often unjustly and irrationally stigmatized. This is the direction that needs changing.
Lesson #2: Important Facts and Figures

Lesson #2: Important Facts and Figures

This lesson contains some basic information about mental health concerns and mental disorders.
Lesson #3: The Five Signs

Lesson #3: The Five Signs

In this lesson, the five signs are explained that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help.
Lesson #4: What To Do To Help

Lesson #4: What To Do To Help

If you recognize that someone in your life is suffering, now what?

About Your Instructor

Bo Bennett, PhD. I hold a PhD in social psychology and master's in general psychology. I am an adjunct professor at Lasell College in Massachusetts as well as instructor for several online courses related to psychology. I read about the Change Direction campaign in Time Magazine, and instantly knew that I had to get involved in the effort. Although mental health is usually in the domain of clinical psychologists, detecting signs of possible mental distress is something we all can do through our everyday social interactions. As the course presenter, I created this course using the material provided at ChangeDirection.org. If you wish to learn more about me, visit BoBennett.com.

Course Rating

(13 ratings)

Course Information

Self-Evaluated Course Option:

  • 4 lessons
  • 18 narrated slides
  • 3 discussion questions
  • 3 terms and definitions
  • 4 self-evaluated assignments
  • 20 multiple-choice quiz questions
  • upon successful completion of this course, students will receive an authenticated certificate of completion

A total of approximately 20 minutes of student learning.

This is a FREE Course


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Student Testimonials

This is how you "Do For Self." It was a quick and easy course jam packed with valuable time sensitive information.

Charmell Tillman
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Student since Jun 3 2016

I have learned an incredible amount and looking forward to helping fellow Veterans

Lynn W. Rolf III
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Student since Jul 5 2016

Mental Illness among my family, friends and Mental Health Services helps you to take your health serious and to keep seeking answers to all your questions. Presentations like this one has helped me to examine that we need a voice in our health care system that will work and is working for the Whole of Mental Illnesses. Keep seeking the answers and you will find a variety of different resources all over your community who are ready to help you physically and mentally.

Melissa Jones
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Student since Jul 6 2016

Informative, and contains some important numbers to remember to get help for others.

Bobbe Gralfs
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Student since Aug 16 2016

As a collegiate mental health professional, Mental CPR is an excellent foundation in providing essential knowledge of mental illness and how others can help. It should be offered as required training for all students, faculty and staff at all colleges and universities.

Ruperto M. Perez, Ph.D.
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Student since Sep 2 2016

Thank you for designing this course and making it accessible to so many. Everyone should review the information, as it may just save yours or a loved one's life.

Deborah Ashcraft
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Student since Sep 30 2016

Thanks for a great introductory course in knowing the 5 Signs of Mental Illness!

Jan Santosuosso
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Student since Dec 12 2016

I needed to hear again that our mental health is strongly associated with our physical well-being. I know for a fact that I feel so much better mentally when I am out running or walking.

Angelita Manygoats
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Student since Mar 28 2017

The course was simple but informative. I enjoyed the course.Wonderful Course, I think everyone should know this information in this age and day.

Saad Saeed
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Student since Apr 3 2016

The course was simple but informative. I enjoyed the course.Wonderful Course, I think everyone should know this information in this age and day.Very good Course, very informative,would recommend it to friends.

Thomas
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Student since Aug 29 2016

The course was simple but informative. I enjoyed the course.Wonderful Course, I think everyone should know this information in this age and day.Very good Course, very informative,would recommend it to friends.This is a great source of information. Thank you to all that has contributed and to all that has participated.

Kimberly Adams
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Student since Sep 12 2016

The course was simple but informative. I enjoyed the course.Wonderful Course, I think everyone should know this information in this age and day.Very good Course, very informative,would recommend it to friends.This is a great source of information. Thank you to all that has contributed and to all that has participated. This course gave me a start on what to look for in the beginning of the onset of mental disorder person, more study to understand this illness is a must to understand it more in detail. thank you for the introduction.

Albert Little Quartermaster
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Student since Sep 19 2016

The course was simple but informative. I enjoyed the course.Wonderful Course, I think everyone should know this information in this age and day.Very good Course, very informative,would recommend it to friends.This is a great source of information. Thank you to all that has contributed and to all that has participated. This course gave me a start on what to look for in the beginning of the onset of mental disorder person, more study to understand this illness is a must to understand it more in detail. thank you for the introduction. As I am a VFW member and hold a position of Post Surgeon and our Post is starting an outreach group for Veterans that may have some mental health issues this is a good educational tool to share with those in our VFW Post here in the Philippines.

Anthony Grimm
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Student since Sep 22 2016

The course was simple but informative. I enjoyed the course.Wonderful Course, I think everyone should know this information in this age and day.Very good Course, very informative,would recommend it to friends.This is a great source of information. Thank you to all that has contributed and to all that has participated. This course gave me a start on what to look for in the beginning of the onset of mental disorder person, more study to understand this illness is a must to understand it more in detail. thank you for the introduction. As I am a VFW member and hold a position of Post Surgeon and our Post is starting an outreach group for Veterans that may have some mental health issues this is a good educational tool to share with those in our VFW Post here in the Philippines.This is a great brief course that is just the basics

Natalie Copeland
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Student since Oct 5 2016

The course was simple but informative. I enjoyed the course.Wonderful Course, I think everyone should know this information in this age and day.Very good Course, very informative,would recommend it to friends.This is a great source of information. Thank you to all that has contributed and to all that has participated. This course gave me a start on what to look for in the beginning of the onset of mental disorder person, more study to understand this illness is a must to understand it more in detail. thank you for the introduction. As I am a VFW member and hold a position of Post Surgeon and our Post is starting an outreach group for Veterans that may have some mental health issues this is a good educational tool to share with those in our VFW Post here in the Philippines.This is a great brief course that is just the basicsthe course was very informative.

Frances Neudigate
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Student since Oct 24 2016

The course was simple but informative. I enjoyed the course.Wonderful Course, I think everyone should know this information in this age and day.Very good Course, very informative,would recommend it to friends.This is a great source of information. Thank you to all that has contributed and to all that has participated. This course gave me a start on what to look for in the beginning of the onset of mental disorder person, more study to understand this illness is a must to understand it more in detail. thank you for the introduction. As I am a VFW member and hold a position of Post Surgeon and our Post is starting an outreach group for Veterans that may have some mental health issues this is a good educational tool to share with those in our VFW Post here in the Philippines.This is a great brief course that is just the basicsthe course was very informative.This was a helpful outline of "What can I do?" when we are faced with troubled

Mrs. E. Heath
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Student since Nov 1 2016

The course was simple but informative. I enjoyed the course.Wonderful Course, I think everyone should know this information in this age and day.Very good Course, very informative,would recommend it to friends.This is a great source of information. Thank you to all that has contributed and to all that has participated. This course gave me a start on what to look for in the beginning of the onset of mental disorder person, more study to understand this illness is a must to understand it more in detail. thank you for the introduction. As I am a VFW member and hold a position of Post Surgeon and our Post is starting an outreach group for Veterans that may have some mental health issues this is a good educational tool to share with those in our VFW Post here in the Philippines.This is a great brief course that is just the basicsthe course was very informative.This was a helpful outline of "What can I do?" when we are faced with troubled This course is really great. The more people that get educated, the more people will get helped and cared for.

Richard Pethoud
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Student since Dec 7 2016

The course was simple but informative. I enjoyed the course.Wonderful Course, I think everyone should know this information in this age and day.Very good Course, very informative,would recommend it to friends.This is a great source of information. Thank you to all that has contributed and to all that has participated. This course gave me a start on what to look for in the beginning of the onset of mental disorder person, more study to understand this illness is a must to understand it more in detail. thank you for the introduction. As I am a VFW member and hold a position of Post Surgeon and our Post is starting an outreach group for Veterans that may have some mental health issues this is a good educational tool to share with those in our VFW Post here in the Philippines.This is a great brief course that is just the basicsthe course was very informative.This was a helpful outline of "What can I do?" when we are faced with troubled This course is really great. The more people that get educated, the more people will get helped and cared for. I'm glad that awareness is being brought to mental health. It's so important for the stigma to be removed.

Vivianne Lewandowski
Self-Evaluated Option
Student since Feb 24 2017

The course was simple but informative. I enjoyed the course.Wonderful Course, I think everyone should know this information in this age and day.Very good Course, very informative,would recommend it to friends.This is a great source of information. Thank you to all that has contributed and to all that has participated. This course gave me a start on what to look for in the beginning of the onset of mental disorder person, more study to understand this illness is a must to understand it more in detail. thank you for the introduction. As I am a VFW member and hold a position of Post Surgeon and our Post is starting an outreach group for Veterans that may have some mental health issues this is a good educational tool to share with those in our VFW Post here in the Philippines.This is a great brief course that is just the basicsthe course was very informative.This was a helpful outline of "What can I do?" when we are faced with troubled This course is really great. The more people that get educated, the more people will get helped and cared for. I'm glad that awareness is being brought to mental health. It's so important for the stigma to be removed.Excellent course.

Jocelyn Morales
Self-Evaluated Option
Student since Apr 13 2017

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