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MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - CARTHAGE IL: West Central Illinois AHEC Offers Mental Health First Aid Training In Carthage, Illinois


By Press release submission | Nov 4, 2019


Memorial Hospital - Carthage IL issued the following announcement on Oct. 23.

West Central Illinois AHEC with the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) and Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois will offer two Mental Health First Aid training courses in November. This groundbreaking eight-hour training course gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.

• Friday, November 1, 8am-5pm is the YOUTH session, which focuses on signs and symptoms of mental illness in young people. https://www.mhtlc.org/…/youth-mental-health-first-aid-class/

• Wednesday, November 13, 8am-5pm is the Adult session, which focuses on signs and symptoms of mental illness in adults. https://www.mhtlc.org/…/adult-mental-health-first-aid-class/

Each session costs $35 per person and includes materials, lunch, and snacks. Eight (8) nurse contact hours are also available for an additional $10

One in five Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.

Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.

“Through this program, we hope to take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems,” says Linda Rosenberg President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, which helped bring Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. in 2008. “When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they may need.”

In just ten years, Mental Health First Aid has become a full-blown movement in the United States—more than 1 million people are certified Mental Health First Aiders, and that number is growing every day.

“How many times have we known someone in need of help but we don’t know the right wording to say to them or feel like we would be of benefit to them and turn our backs to that person,” says Karyn Streicher, RN, Instructor For Youth Mental Health First Aid. “This 8 hour course will help with the correct wording and the proper avenues to helping a person in need,” adds Streicher.

For more information or to participate in a Mental Health First Aid training in Carthage visit mhtlc.org or contact Jen Garner at West Central Illinois AHEC at 217-357-6839 or email Jen at jgarner@mhtlc.org. Registration forms for each class are available online at www.mhtlc.org.

The National Council for Behavioral Health was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the USA and more than 1 million individuals have been trained.

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