The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is offering an 8 hour certificate training course on Mental Health First Aid on Friday, May 17, 8AM-5PM, at Camp Verde Community Library, 130 Black Bridge Rd, Camp Verde. The program is free and open to the public.
According to Barbara Litrell President of the Mental Health Coalition, ” This is a great opportunity for our community members to learn how to help a loved on, a neighbor, an employee who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. Over the past 5 years we have trained over 600 individuals in our Verde Valley communities.”
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) aims to teach members of the public how to respond in a mental health emergency and how to offer support to someone who appears to be in emotional distress.
Continuing education credit may be available to those attending the 8-hour session. A professional instructor will teach the course which includes lecture, videos, group activities and reference materials. The course covers first aid for developing mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and substance use disorders.
According to the Mental Health First Aid USA training guide,”Most of us assume mental illness is something that only affects others and believe it won’t affect our family or friends. The truth is that mental health problems are more common than heart disease, lung disease and cancer combined.”
The training begins at 8 am. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Attendees should bring lunch. Class size is limited to 24. Please register early by calling Barbara Litrell at 649-0135 or [email protected].
The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is a 501C3 non-profit all volunteer organization dedicated to building support for individuals and families challenged by mental health issues through education, outreach, advocacy, community conversations and support services.