Mental Health First Aid courses now available


Staff report



TROY – Mental Health First Aid classes to be offered in early February are now available for registration. The classes are offered by the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services, and will take place at the Board’s training facility in Troy February 3 and February 5.

The February 3 class is Youth Mental Health First Aid, which presents the 8-hour curriculum with a special focus on young people aged 12-18. The course is designed for people who are not mental health professionals but who may work with young people, such as teachers, coaches, pastors, and parents.

The February 5 class is the general Mental Health First Aid, which looks at mental health concerns for persons of all ages.

Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens.

Pre-registration is required. Cost of the class is $25 which includes the required manual. For details and to register online, go to the Tri-County Board’s website at www.tcbmds.org/mhfa, or call 937-335-7727, ext 216. Additional courses are planned in Shelby and Darke Counties over the coming months.

Staff report