Wilderness First Aid for Anxiety
This course provides training for first aiders responding to individuals experiencing anxiety symptoms. While wilderness professionals maintain certification in first aid training, such programs tend to focus on physical health while neglecting support for mental well-being. In practice, wilderness professionals may encounter mental health challenges in their work with clients at least as often as physical accidents or injuries.
Anxious responses in clients, ranging from nervousness or worry to physiological symptoms and panic attacks, are a common encounter in the field, be they related to a pre-existing mental health diagnosis or simply a response to a new experience. Learners will be provided with an orientation to what anxiety is, how it works in the body, assessment tools, connection to outside resources, and supportive intervention strategies for field use.
This course is designed for those having a professional, but not therapeutic, duty to others in wilderness settings. However, it will also be of value to anyone who may encounter anxiety in rural or urban settings; in recreational, personal, or Good Samaritan contexts.