Would you know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of someone struggling with depression or experiencing a panic attack in a crowded room?
Would you know what to do?
In 2011, Community Centers held over 90 trainings throughout the state, training over 1,500 individuals from all parts of the community. Trainees from across Texas have included: law enforcement, churches, colleges and universities, city bus services, libraries, hospitals, business, community service agencies, first responders, CPS, military and property management. Since the program began in 2008, Community Centers have trained more than 3,300 people.
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About Mental Heallth First Aid
Originated in Australia by a nurse and mental health consumer Betty Kitchener and researcher Anthony Jorm, Mental Health First Aid has expanded to 12 countries including, England, Canada, Cambodia and Singapore.
Promoted in the United States by the National Council and state agencies for mental health in Maryland and Missouri, Mental Health First Aid is an interactive, 5-step public education program that teaches factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and how to handle crises situations.
The course also develops awareness of the impact of mental illness among participants and provides general information about treatments for mental health conditions.
For more information about the National Council's Mental Health First Aid program, click here.
Mental Heallth First Aid Workgroup
The Texas Council Mental Health Workgroup is promoting Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings in various part of Texas.
Made up of sixteen (16) Community Centers, the Workgroup gathers to share best practices and further understanding of the importance of MHFA to Texas communities and demonstrate its impact on the lives of people throughout the state.
For more information about the Texas Council Mental Health First Aid Workgroup contact, Janet Paleo at firstname.lastname@example.org.