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BREAKING NEWS

Mental health first aid training slated Tuesday

KINGSFORD — Northpointe Healthcare Systems is joining the national initiative to increase mental health literacy by hosting a mental health first aid training program in Kingsford.

The training is being offered at no cost from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Northpointe office, 715 Pyle Drive in Kingsford. Lunch will be provided.

Registration is limited and can be made by contacting Cindy Adrian at 906-779-0649.

This is an eight-hour certification training course designed to give participants the skills needed to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

The course gives a five-step action plan to assess a situation or risk, respectful listening to and supporting the individual, selecting and implementing interventions and identifying and securing professional help and other supports for the individual.

Mental health problems addressed include depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders and self-injury. The goal of the course is to help support a person until appropriate professional help arrives, organizers said.

Mental Health First Aid was originally created in Australia in 2001 and was brought to the U.S. in 2008 by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. “The goal was to make it as common in 10 years as traditional first aid and CPR are today.

For more information about mental health first aid, go to www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org or wwwlthenationalcouncil.org.

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