Mental Health First Aid saves lives
It's easy to tell when someone is choking or unable to breath, but what does depression look like? Have you met someone experiencing suicidal thoughts? To equip the public with the skills needed to help people in a mental health crisis, Linden Oaks is offering an innovative public education program, Mental Health First Aid.
"We're proud to be one of the first organizations in the Midwest to offer Mental Health First Aid. Our goal is to make responding to a mental health crisis as common as utilizing CPR in a cardiac emergency," says Barry Groesch, who serves as Mental Health First Aid Community Liaison for Linden Oaks.
Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour interactive training program that teaches people the key skills needed to help someone with a mental health problem or crisis. The training focuses on skills that can be used until professional help is obtained. Participants receive contact hours and a Mental Health First Aid Certificate of completion.
Coordinated by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Linden Oaks instructors are trained and certified to deliver the Mental Health First Aid course to your organization.
Who can be a Mental Health First Aider?
- Educators/School Administrators
- College/University Leaders
- Human Resources Professionals
- Members of Faith Communities
- Homeless Shelter Staff and Volunteers
- Nurses/Physician Assistants/Primary Care Workers
- Police/First Responders/Security Personnel
- Mental Health Authorities
- Substance Abuse Professionals
- Social Workers
- Consumers and Family Members
- Caring Citizens
For additional information including registration fees and training times, please contact Barry Groesch, Mental Health First Aid Community Liaison at (630) 527-5481.