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Mental Health First Aid
PHOTO:  Mental Health First Aid is available
for first responders, educators and
the community.

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants to identify individuals who may need help for a mental illness, effectively communicate with them and guide them to appropriate professional help. The goal is to make responding to a mental health crisis as common as utilizing CPR in a cardiac emergency.

"When we learned about Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), we felt it was the right education program for our community," says Mary Lou Mastro, CEO, Linden Oaks at Edward.

Since Linden Oaks began MHFA training in 2010, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Linden Oaks has the support of and is partnering with at least 30 key community groups.

Among the first to take part in MHFA training were personnel in the Naperville school districts and police and fire departments. But the training isn't just for first responders and educators. Individuals 16 and older can sign up as well.

"As more people are trained, it will help spread the word that treatment is available, and it can work," says Mastro.

For more information, visit www.edward.org/mentalhealthfirstaid.

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
  • Policymakers
  • 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.




 

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