Even though one in five Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year, many who suffer will not seek help. But people with mental illnesses do not need to go through that experience alone. Caring citizens can be trained to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Lake Regional will host virtual Mental Health First Aid courses that teach participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth or adults. Participants also will learn how to assess for risk of suicide or harm, listen nonjudgmentally, give reassurance and information, encourage appropriate professional help, and encourage support strategies.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The five-hour course runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and participants select from one of the following three dates:
- Wednesday, May 12
- Wednesday, June 9
- Wednesday, July 14
Adult Mental Health First Aid is designed for employers, police officers, health care workers, first responders, faith leaders and other caring citizens. Participants must be at least 18 years old. The seven-hour course runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and participants select from one of the following three dates:
- Wednesday, May 26
- Wednesday, June 23
- Wednesday, July 28
Each course is free. Participants must register two weeks in advance and complete two hours of self-paced training at least three days prior to the course date.