Making Strides with Mental Wellness
Horizons Mental Health Clinic is pleased to offer a groundbreaking mental health education program called Mental Health First Aid. The classes are designed to help members of the public understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders.
— National Council for Behavioral Health
What You’ll Learn
Before you can know how to help, you need to know when to help. This “mental health literacy” is a basic understanding of different mental illnesses and addictions, how they can affect a person’s daily life, and what promotes wellness in affected individuals.
Trainees learn a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professionals, and/or develop self care and coping strategies.
Training topics include:
- Depression and mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Substance use disorders
Mental Health First Aid for Youth
Since 2008, the core MHFA course has been successfully offered to hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S., including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.
In 2013, President Obama recommended similar training for school teachers, to address the younger population’s mental health needs.
Who Should Attend
The MHFA Youth course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents, such as:
- School staff and administration
- Youth group leaders
The course is being tested for appropriateness within older adolescent groups (16 and older), to explore youth/peer-to-peer interaction.
For more information about Mental Health First Aid, visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
- Youth: Beth Akins and Megan Smyth
- Adult: Holly Adcock, Beth Akins and Lisa Lekan
To register, contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 620-663-7595, ext. 6336.
Horizons Mental Health Clinic is happy to arrange courses for Fire/EMS personnel, teachers, and all those interested in learning more about mental health. Special classes can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. Classes are free for anyone living or working in Reno County, or $30 per person for those outside the county, thanks to generous funding by The United Way of Reno County.