BATAVIA, Ohio (July 17, 2014) — An 8-hour course in Mental Health First Aid will be held 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 23 at the Child Focus Training Center, 551-B Cincinnati Batavia Pike.
The course, which will be led by Mary Makley Wolff, M.S., teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps participants identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. It is especially helpful to people who do not have a background in mental health counseling, said Karen Scherra, Executive Director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board.
Participants will learn:
• Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
• Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
• A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
• Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.
The course costs $25, which covers the cost of materials.
Mental Health First Aid courses have been attended by police officers, teachers, nurses, Human Resources administrators, faith leaders and other community members.