Mental Health First Aid USA Classes Announced

Learn how to help a family member, friend, coworker or neighbor in need and get trained in Mental Health First Aid.

The Dubois County Health Department has announced training dates for Mental Health First Aid USA available for the public.

Training will take place in Dubois County on:

• January 23rd and 24th, 2018 from 8 am till 12:30 pm and participants must attend both days,

• March 14th, 2018 from 8 am till 5 pm,

• And April 25th and 26th, 2018 from 8 am till 12:30 pm. Once again participants must attend both days.

The training sessions will be held at the Memorial Hospital Medical Arts Building located behind the hospital at 13th and Dorbett Streets.

The evidence-based program teaches individuals how to help someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants learn general knowledge about a variety of mental illnesses, how to recognize them and how to respond to them.

The classes are being sponsored through the Dubois County Public Health Partnership, which has identified mental health as a local health concern. Volunteers Kim Dietz, Amy Dilger, Kara Glendening and Crista Linette have been trained to lead the classes.

Substance use disorders, depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders and more are covered in the course.

Members of the health partnership hope the Mental Health First Aid training will become ingrained in the community and that classes will be offered on an ongoing basis.

Enrollment fees of $35 per person will be reinvested in the program to pay for the manuals participants receive, other supplies and instructor training.

Register for the classes at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

For questions, email Dubois County Health Department Administrative Director Donna Oeding at dcoeding@duboiscountyin.org or give her a call 812-481-7050.

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