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Published on July 01, 2013

If Someone You Love is Having a Mental Health Crisis, Do You Know Where to Turn?

Mental Health First Aid Training is Available in Madison

What would you do if you discovered that your son or daughter was abusing drugs? What would you do if your best friend told you that she was thinking of suicide? What would you do if your neighbor suddenly began to seclude himself and accuse others of plotting against him?

If confronted with any of these budding mental health crises would you know what to do or where to turn? Dean wants to share a valuable community resource with you, so you know more about the options available to you.

Mental Health First Aid Training: You’re the First Line of Defense

Family, friends and coworkers are often the first to know about a behavioral health crisis. Their concern and their commitment can make them an invaluable resource. A new program, called Mental Health First Aid, can significantly strengthen this first line of defense.

Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour course available through Journey Mental Health Center (JMHC) in Madison. In this course, trained staff teach community members:

  • How to accurately identify mental health and substance abuse problems in others.
  • How to appropriately and effectively intervene.
  • How to guide those in need to the professional services they need.

If you want to learn more about this highly effective, research-based intervention or if you want to enroll in the 12-hour course and become a Mental Health First Aid practitioner yourself, please visit the JMHC website.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training: A New Course

Recently, JMHC also began offering a course titled “Youth Mental Health First Aid.”

Participants in Youth Mental Health First Aid:

  • Learn risk factors and warning signs of mental health challenges among adolescents and young adults including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorders.
  • Gain understanding of the importance of early intervention.
  • Discover how to help adolescents in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

This course is designed for:

  • Adults who regularly interact with adolescents, such as teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders and parents.
  • Older adolescents (16 and older), to encourage youth peer-to-peer interaction.

For More Information

For more information about Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid, please visit the JMHC website. You can also contact Dan Muxfeld at (608) 280-2566 or dan.muxfeld@journeymhc.org.

Remember, your attention, your knowledge and your helping hand can make the difference between hope and despair for someone you know or someone you love.

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