Why Mental Health First Aid?
What: Mental Health First Aid
When: April 7, 2018 from 8:30-5:30 (Breakfast will be provided)
Where: Rocky Mountain Mission Center Office (9501 Lou Dr, Thornton, CO 80260)
1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health diagnosis, 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.”
For more information or to participate in our Mental Health First Aid training in Northglenn visit mhfaco.org or contact Jillian Venzor at 720.841.6782