Staff at the College of the Canyons Health and Wellness Center and the Child and Family Center of Santa Clarita believe that knowledge and understanding are the key to dispelling the stigma associated with mental health disorders.
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The event is designed for any member of the community who might encounter mental illness in their workplace or at home and needs the tools to identify and respond to the signs of mental illness and substance abuse.
Mental Health First Aid USA is managed and operated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Described as a “groundbreaking public education program,” the 12-hour Mental Health First Aid USA course has been used by a wide variety of groups and individuals, including primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, students and community members.
The course will introduce participants to the risk factors and warning signs associated with mental health problems, build understanding of their impact and provide an overviews of common treatments. Specifically, participants will learn:
- The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders and self-injury.
- An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities.
- A five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care.
- The evidence-based professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.
The two-day workshop is free. If you are interested in attending, register in advance here or by contacting Gayle Freund at COC, 661-362-5259 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon completion of the two-day course participants will be certified in Mental Health First Aid. Attendees must participate in both days of the seminar, and stay for the entire session in order to receive their MHFA certification.
These events are made possible with grant funding provided by the California Mental Health Services Authority and the voter-approved Prop 63 Mental Health Act.
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Source: Santa Clarita News