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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mental Health First Aid course to be held in Milford

  The training will help people learn how to help those experiencing a mental health crisis

MILFORD — Bridges…A Community Support System, Inc. will hold a Mental Health First Aid course to train business and public officials, school personnel and other community members on responding to a mental health emergency at work, home or any public setting. The 12-hour course takes place at The Parson’s Government Center in Milford on April 27 and May 2.
The cost of the two-day training is $75 and includes the course manual and lunch.
Mental Health First Aid is an interactive training designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Similar to CPR training, Mental Health First Aid training helps an individual who doesn’t have clinical training assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  Clinical and qualitative evidence behind the program demonstrates improved outcomes for individuals experiencing these illnesses when they receive this triage type of help until professional resources are in place.
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the organization that brought Mental Health First Aid to the United States in 2008, certified Bridges to provide the training in 2009. Bridges conducted the first training for local first-responders and others in January, 2011. The agency intends to develop the program as a regularly scheduled course for area professionals and residents who wish to become certified.


Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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