Why States are Turning to Emotional CPR over Mental Health First Aid and How Your State Can Too

Oryx Cohen and Kim Ewing

In this workshop, we will share successes in how more and more states are turning to Emotional CPR (eCPR) instead of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). This is a significant victory because eCPR was developed by those with lived experience and the approach is based on empowerment and choice rather than diagnosis and treatment. We will go over the basics of Emotional CPR with a focus on how it is a practice very much based in human rights and cultural empathy, another major difference between eCPR and MHFA. Then we will review the research behind eCPR and questioning MHFA. Finally, we will detail how we used two different approaches in Tennessee and Delaware to bring eCPR to those states, and discuss how these strategies can be used in your state as well.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn the basics of Emotional CPR as an approach to support people through emotional crisis: C: Connect, P: emPower, R: Revitalize
  2. Participants will learn about the research behind Emotional CPR which has led to eCPR now being considered and Evidence-Based Practice.
  3. Participants will learn about research that questions the effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid.
  4. Participants will learn about successful strategies to introduce Emotional CPR to states on a large scale.