Hilary Harrison, health education coordinator at Samaritan Health Services, was recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Mental Health First Aid Instructors in the entire country.
Mental Health First Aid is a national program that trains citizens to provide urgent help to someone who may be suffering mental illness or immersed in a crisis. “We all need greater awareness of mental health issues and how to help someone,” Harrison explained. “You never know when you may be the person who spots someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis or who just needs an extra smile. Mental Health First Aid gives people the tools and the confidence to do something and make a difference.”
Out of more than 12,000 instructors nationwide, Harrison earned the recognition because she has taught more than 95 training sessions and certified more than 1,300 people in Mental Health First Aid, an impressive accomplishment that showcases her passion and commitment for the work she does.
Samaritan hosts training sessions in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties with support from the Mullins Charitable Funds and the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.
To learn more or register for an upcoming Mental Health First Aid class, visit samhealth.org/MentalHealthFirstAid.