Story last updated at 2/19/2014 - 2:32 pm
JUNEAU - After two training sessions, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is again partnering with Trust Training Cooperative to bring mental health first aid training to Sitka.
Similar to first aid and CPR, mental health first aid' teaches how to help those experiencing mental health problems until professional help is available. It is designed to arm the public with skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Mental health first aid is a non-clinical, 8-hour certification course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use issues in the United States. The course addresses the fear and stigma associated with mental illness and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the course learn a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate care.
The Sitka training is Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (check in at 8 a.m.) at the University of Alaska Southeast Campus, 1332 Seward Ave. Room 229.
Those who wish to attend must register online at http://ttclms.org/class_detail.php?z_classid=104934 or contact Jill Ramsey for more information at 907-264-6228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for each training session is $75 for training.
The first 10 enrollees as well as SEARHC staff are eligible to have SEARHC pay their registration fee.