Mental Health First Aid Training
February 26 (1-5pm)
February 27 (8:30am- 12:30pm)
Cass District Library
Cassopolis MI 49031
Contact Rachel Horchler, Woodlands for registration
or more details
Mental Health First Aid to Cass County
Cass County Joins National Initiative
to Increase Mental Health Literacy
Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare is initiating the Mental Health First Aid program in Cassopolis. Woodlands will seek to train healthcare professionals, school personnel, law enforcement, first responders and members of the public in methods to improve mental health literacy – helping them identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.
“We are thrilled to bring Mental Health First Aid to our community,” said Kathy Emans, CEO Woodlands BHN. “This important educational effort goes a lot further than emergency intervention; it really helps people understand the shroud of fear and misjudgment facing individuals and families who experience mental illnesses and addiction. It will help rid this community of the associated stigma and move more and more people toward recovery.”
Mental Health First Aid is a 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual, the certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Thorough evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proved the CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’ knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.
For more information or to participate in this free Mental Health First Aid training in Cass County, visit www.woodlandsbhn.org or contact Rachel Horchler, Woodlands BHN at 269-445-2451.
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