MENOMINEE — Northpointe Healthcare Systems is joining the national initiative to increase mental health literacy by hosting a free one-day Mental Health First Aid training program at Menominee ISD, 1201 41st Ave., Feb. 27 from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
This program is an 8-hour certification training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis, through a 5-step action plan, to assess a situation or risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual, selecting and implementing interventions, and identifying and securing appropriate professional help and other support. Participants will learn the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury and will also gain an understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reducing stigma in the community. Lunch will be provided.
The training is akin to a layperson administering CPR to assist an individual in distress, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health problem or crisis help support the person until appropriate professional help arrives. This training is available to all organizations and members of the public including non-mental health professionals, law enforcement, first responders, nursing home staff, school and college administration, primary and occupational health care providers, homeless shelters, faith communities, mental health advocacy organizations, community service groups and families. Registration is required as space is limited.
For more information and to register, persons may call Philip Hefner-Gardiepy at 906-779-0501 or visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org or www.thenationalcouncil.org.