Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Consolidated Care Inc. is initiating a Mental Health First Aid program in Logan County that will involve the training of local professionals and members of the public to improve mental health literacy, including identifying, understanding and responding to signs of mental illness.
“We are thrilled to bring Mental Health First Aid to our community,” Jeannie Dempster, CCI chief clinical officer, said in a release.
“This important educational effort goes a lot further than emergency intervention; it really helps people understand the shroud of fear and misjudgment facing individuals and families who experience mental illnesses and addiction. It will help rid this community of the associated stigma and move more and more people toward recovery.”
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions, and secure appropriate care for the individual. The certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.
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