Mental Health First Aid Offered By SalusCare on Feb. 18th

Do you know the warning signs of mental illness or substance abuse? If your child suddenly experiences depression or withdrawal from enjoyable activities, would you know what to do? Now there’s a nationally recognized day-long program to help parents, friends and neighbors identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse before a crisis occurs.

Called “Youth Mental Health First Aid,” the 8-hour program will be offered on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Evans Avenue Campus of SalusCare at 3763 Evans Avenue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class costs $25, including all training materials.Registration is available at www.saluscareflorida.org by printing and completing the form and mailing to SalusCare, Attn: MH First Aid, 3763 Evans Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33901. Mental Health First Aid is managed and operated by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and is endorsed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). All classes are taught by Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors.

Participants will learn a simple five-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual, and identifying appropriate help and other supports. The training is ideal for parents, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals and caring citizens. Each class is limited to 25 participants.

Mental Health First Aid is available for both adult and youth populations and can be tailored for specific groups such as schools, child care centers, businesses, senior living facilities, and healthcare organizations. Sessions can be scheduled at a location of their choice at a time that is convenient for them.

For more information, contact Youngfleisch at 239-791-1536 or email her at LYoungfleisch@SalusCareFlorida.org .

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