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November Mental Health First Aid Training with East Side Cultural Perspecti...

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East Side YMCA

875 Arcade St.

Saint Paul, MN 55106

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This event requires that you attend both days:

Thursday November 9th: 8:00am to 4:30pm

Friday November 10th: 8:00am to 4:30pm

Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves. Trainees go through an 8-hour training program that teaches them a five-step action plan to (1) assess a situation, (2) select and implement appropriate interventions, and (3) secure appropriate care for an individual experiencing a mental health or substance use problem.

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool – it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems. Trainees also learn risk factors and warning signs of mental illness and addiction, and about available treatments. Upon completion, participants better understand the impact mental illnesses and addictions have on a person, their family and communities.

Trainees are from all walks of life and include school personnel, law enforcement, faith-based communities, hospital and nursing home staff, families and young people. As of 2016, there are more than 550,000 people trained in Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. by a network of more than 9,000 instructors.

The Mental Health and Stress Resilience Partnership of the East Side of St. Paul has identified cultural groups to be integrated into the Mental Health First Aid training. There will be cultural experts from the African American, Hmong, Karen, American Indian, Latino and East African communities to share a window into their cultures about mental health.

This event is intended for those who may or may not have direct contact with mental health services. The training is also intended for individuals that are ​not mental health professionals. It is meant to give community members a better understanding of mental health. Our Collaboration is looking for folks who live, work, play, or pray in the East Side of St. Paul to attend this training. The training is FREE, meals included.

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