Youth Mental Health First Aid Class April 24

COMMUNITY News:

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Youth Mental Health First Aid helps you assist a young person experiencing a mental health related crisis.

In the Youth Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

This pioneering program, taught by certified trainers, gives people a tangible way to help others. It recognizes the resiliency and strength in all of us while fostering understanding, compassion and engagement in the community. You learn about depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, substance use disorders and psychosis.

Mental Health First Aid is an international program proven to be effective. Studies also show that the program reduces the social distance created by negative attitudes and perceptions of individuals with mental illnesses.

Youth Mental Health First Aid will be taught 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 24 in Sherrill Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church by Wendy Linebrink-Allison of Optum NM & UnitedHealth Care Community Plan of NM.

Registration is $35, which includes training materials, lunch and snacks. Advance registration is recommended, call 505.662.5107 or e-mail cynthiab@latoth.org.

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