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The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Behavioral Health Prevention and Community Family Services programs will offer a free, two-day mental health first aid course in May in several Southeast communities. The course is designed to prepare people to provide mental health first aid to people experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment can be administered.
During the 12-hour certification course, participants will learn the potential risk factors and warning signs for a variety of mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use/abuse disorders and self-injury; appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem; a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care; an understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in our communities.
Participants who complete the course will earn a mental health first aid certificate from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.
Juneau: May 8-9, Vocational Training and Resource Center auditorium, 3239 Hospital Dr.
Sitka: May 10--11, Kaník Hít Community Health building first-floor conference room, 1212 Seward Ave.
Klawock: May 24-25, Klawock Salvation Army Church, 585 Summit St.
Kake: May 28-29, Kake Salvation Army Church.
To register for the training or for more information, call Kathryn Mathews in Sitka at 966-8744 or visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. The registration deadline is April 20.