|PHOTO: Mental Health First Aid is available
for first responders, educators and
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
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Edward Education Center Auditorium
It’s easy to tell when someone is choking or unable to breathe, 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. Join Barry Groesch, Mental Health First Aid Community Liaison for Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward as he discusses the potential warning signs and risk factors, action plan, and resources available to help someone. This is a condensed version of the 12-hour program. Call (630) 527-6363 for more information and to register for this free program.
Click here to register.