Ohio State Marion hosts: Mental Health First Aid Training by Marion Area Counseling Center

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Similar to ‘First Aid’ and CPR, ‘Mental Health First Aid’ teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises

WHO:  Marion Area Counseling Center and thirty local citizens including Ohio State Marion faculty and staff

WHAT:  Training on mental health first aid in Marion.  Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual.  The certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.  

WHEN:  September 24, 2014, 8:00am – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  The Ohio State University at Marion, Alber Student Center, Room 111

WHY:  Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States.  In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year.  The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals throughout the nation, including Marion Area Counseling Center, to provide Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses.  For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.