Mental Health First Aid USA Classes Scheduled

Jasper (From Release) – Plans have been announced for local Mental Health First Aid USA Classes. Participants will be trained in mental health first aid. The trainings, which are open to the public, will be held at the Memorial Hospital Medical Arts Building.

The training dates are January 23 and 24 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (must attend both days), March 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and April 25 and 26 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (must attend both days).

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

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

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

To register for the class go to www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. For additional information email Dubois County Heath Department Administrative Director Donna Oeding at dcoeding@duboiscountyin.org or call 812 481-7050.

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