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Highland Human Services Hosts Mental Health First Aid Training

published January 9, 2017

Highland Human Services Hosts Mental Health First Aid Training

Similar to First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises.  The National Council for Behavioral Health encourages students, childcare providers, health care workers, teachers, law enforcement, and general citizens to complete useful training on this important topic. The Highland Community College Human Services Program will be conducting that training for those interested throughout Northeast Kansas.

The training on mental health first aid will be conducted at the Highland Community College Technical Center, Building A, 1501 West Riley in Atchison on Friday, January 27, 2017, from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.  The Highland Tech Center is located across the street north of Atchison High School.  The fee for the training is $45.00 per participant.

Casey Gormley, Kickapoo Nation Head Start/Early Head Start Director, and Adjunct Faculty for HCC, along with Jaime Terry, Assistant Director of Kickapoo Head Start/Early Head Start, will be the trainers for the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certification class in Atchison on January 27.  Additional certification classes will be offered in Perry, Wamego, Baileyville, and Highland during the 2017 calendar year.

 Mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance abuse are shockingly common in the United States.  In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year.  The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals to provide training to help address these challenge, including Highland Community College.  These Mental Health First Aid courses provide communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses.  For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

Those interested in participating in this mental health first aid training are encouraged to e-mail perry@highlandcc.edu or call (785) 597-0127 to register.  

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