Mental Health First Aid: A Useful Tool for School Nurses

NASN Sch Nurse. 2017 Nov;32(6):361-363. doi: 10.1177/1942602X17722390.


School nurses address mental health issues of youth on a daily basis. These mental health issues include substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal ideation. Mental health first aid is a process that seeks to help medical professionals and laypeople recognize and address someone that is having a mental health or substance abuse crisis. This article will describe an experience with a student having suicidal ideations and how the mental health action plan was used.

Keywords: mental health action plan; mental health crisis; mental health first aid; school nurse.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • First Aid*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / nursing
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Nursing Process*
  • School Health Services
  • School Nursing
  • Students / psychology*