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5/17/2016 - Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid 

May 17, 2016 — 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Park Ridge Community Center

By the year 2020, Mental Health First Aid is expected to be as well known as CPR and First Aid.  Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and link them with appropriate professional help. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

This course is intended for…

Law enforcement, fire fighters, first responders 

Community and business leaders 

Faith community leaders

School and college leadership

Primary care providers 

Human resource personnel 

Members of the general public interested in learning more about mental illness 

What you will learn…

How to recognize signs/symptoms of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, psychosis and addiction 

How to approach and support someone in a mental health crisis until appropriate professional help arrives 

How to be supportive, diffuse the situation, and encourage professional help 

Understand what to do if someone is suicidal, harming themselves, or refusing help 

Become certified in this five-step process which includes; assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting an individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports. 

NOTE: This course is not designed to train individuals to diagnose or treat. The course is not specifically designed for parents of youth diagnosed with mental health challenges and will not detail information on navigating the health care system.

A commitment to attending the full day is required. This course is typically $150, but being offered FREE to Park Ridge residents and community leaders as part of the Mayor’s Wellness Committee. Only 15 seats are available. To register contact: Gina DiNiro at

This 8-hour training certification has been endorsed by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and several State Department’s of Health and Mental Health.

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