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FREE Mental Health First Aid Training in Cottonwood
March 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mental Health First Aid – FREE 8-Hour Training
in Cottonwood, AZ
Learn how to help a loved one, an employee or a neighbor experiencing a mental health crisis and how to offer support to someone who appears to be in emotional distress.
This training is on Friday, March 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood, AZ 85326. Please see below for more details.
The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley and Spectrum Healthcare Group partner to bring Mental Health First Aid into our communities on a bi-monthly basis. Sponsored by Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley and taught by Spectrum Healthcare Group.
Mental Health First Aid teaches you:
- Signs of addiction and mental illness
- 5-step action plan to assess a situation and help
- Impact of mental and substance use disorders
- Local resources and where to turn for help
This course is FREE and open to members of the community. Continuing education credit may be available to those attending the 8-hour session.
Professional instructors from Spectrum Healthcare teach the course which includes lecture, videos, group activities and reference materials covering first aid for mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and substance use disorders.
Register today by contacting Barbara Litrell, Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley at 928-649-0135 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your lunch. Class size limited to 24 attendees.
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
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- Depression and mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Substance Use disorders
Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.
The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan
Assess for risk of suicide or harmWhen helping a person going through a mental health crisis, it is important to look for signs of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, or other harm. Some warning signs of suicide include:
- Threatening to hurt or kill oneself
- Seeking access to means to hurt or kill oneself
- Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
- Feeling hopeless
- Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Withdrawing from family, friends, or society
- Appearing agitated or angry
- Having a dramatic change in mood
Always seek emergency medical help if the person’s life is in immediate danger. If you have reason to believe someone may be actively suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).