You may know CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, but do you know how to respond when someone says they are thinking about suicide? Mental Health First Aid is a free eight-hour training that provides participants with the tools to identify signs of a mental health problem or crisis and get help for someone in need.
The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.
Samaritan Health Services invites local residents to register for the upcoming Youth-Focused Mental Health First Aid course on Thursday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center for Health Education at Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.
Registration is required and space is limited. To register, please call 1-866-243-7747 or email SHSHealthEd@samhealth.org. To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, visit http://samhealth.org/MentalHealthFirstAid.