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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Mental Health First Aid Training

The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health and the Planning Council will host the Mental Health First Aid training on July 8-9 , 2013 in Norfolk, VA


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches participants the skills needed to identify and support those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. It is appropriate for primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, young people, families and the general public.

MHFA is a 12- hour, highly interactive course that:
• Provides an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders,
• Introduces risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, as well as their impact on individuals,
• Provides an overview of common treatments.

Participants who complete the course certify as “Mental Health First Aiders”; they learn the skills and resources needed to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate care.

To learn more, go to: http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/

Because of the generous support of the Virginia Department of Health's Division of Injury and Violence Prevention, this training will be offered at no cost. MHFA is typically valued at $200. All training materials will be provided; meals will be "on your own".

Space is limited to 30 participants per training. Because of the demand for seats, please register only if you are able to attend the full two days, and are not 'on-call' for other duties during that time.

To register, go to: http://campussuicidepreventionva.org/eventmentalhealth.php

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