First Aid is typically associated with physical pain or emergency, but St. Clair County Community Mental Health (SCCCMH) wants to remind residents that first aid for a mental health issue should be treated just as seriously. A mental health first aid program being is being offered locally, and it will prepare and train people to interact with a person in a mental health crisis.
The program teaches the common signs of mental illness, signs of substance abuse, knowing how to talk to a person in crisis, and connecting that person with help. While the program is designed for anyone over 18, the agency suggests that employers, law enforcement, health care workers, first responders, and faith leaders take part in the program. The next training at Community Mental Health will be held at the end of October. To register for the 2-day program contact CMH. Trainings can also be held at an offsite location at no cost.
Reporting for WGRT – EBWtv