Have you had a moment during the COVID-19 pandemic when you felt like the woman in the picture? Head in your hands; worried about money, worried about your health and the health of those you love, at the end of your rope on a tough day with your kids or spouse, or just desperately lonely because you live alone? You might recognize yourself or someone you care about in that description and if you have felt helpless, the American Red Cross is here to help.

The American Red Cross Psychological First Aid Course is free and will teach you skills to cope with the big feelings that many are overwhelmed with during this pandemic. This online only course is about one hour long and we will learn techniques to address some of the most common mental health issues that we are facing during the pandemic.

I'm going to take this course because honestly, I've had a few days where I was just shook, maybe this would have helped. Also, I have kids, friends, co-workers and parents that I love and want to support them all in any way I can. This is my first go 'round with a pandemic and I could use some new tools in my mental health tool box.

Take this free course for your own well-being or to support someone else through crisis related stress. At the completion of the course you will receive an American Red Cross Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 online only certificate, much like you would if you had completed a CPR course. It's valid for two years.

Some of the topics covered will include:

  • Supporting yourself and co-workers in the workplace
  • Supporting your family
  • Practicing mental health first aid
  • Caring for yourself
  • Recognizing stress in teens, children and adults

The course was designed with the assistance of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The class is free and you can sign up here.