As part of an initiative to increase mental health literacy, the Hamilton School District will host an 8-hour course giving people tools to identify when someone might be struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. The Mental Health First Aid workshop will be held from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Hamilton’s Large Group Area. Cost is $60 for the training which includes a $20 resource guide. An optional lunch is offered for an additional $10.
Participants will learn skills to reach out and provide initial support to someone with mental health or substance abuse problems and help connect them to the appropriate care.
The workshop is presented by Mental Health First Aid USA and is offered to any community members who work with youth. A maximum of 30 people will be accepted.
One in five Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.
Just as CPR helps those without clinical training attend to an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. More than 1 million people across the country have been trained in Mental Health First Aid.
The Large Group Area is on the northwest side of Hamilton School, W220N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.