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Mental Health First Aid training available

MentHealthFamily & Children’s Place is offering two mental health trainings – for adults assisting young people and for adults 18 and over – in March and April. The all-day courses will help increase your understanding of mental health issues and treatments, connect more people with care and reduce stigma. This is helpful information given that many people with mental disorders delay seeking help but are more open to it when suggested by someone they trust. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of different types of mental illnesses, how they can affect a person’s daily life and how you can help someone who is experiencing these challenges. This is important because members of the public are more likely to have contact with someone in a mental health crisis, such as being suicidal, and want to know how to respond. MHFA training is seen as extending basic mental healthcare skills. Cost for each course is $45.

You will learn about:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and addiction disorders.
  • A five-step action plan to help when someone is developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
  • Increasing awareness, decreasing stigma and increasing confidence in providing help.

Mental Health First Aid teaches about early intervention and support to foster recovery and resiliency and is based on the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and can use their strengths to stay well. Learn more at http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/. Scheduled trainings at Family & Children’s Place March 20, 2015 – 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Youth Mental Health First Aid For adults assisting young people April 10, 2015 – 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mental Health First Aid For adults 18 and over Mental Health First Aid trainers: Tomy Molloy 502-855-6048 tmolloy@famchildplace.org Nancy Carrington 502.855.6049 ncarrington@famchildplace.org

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