Mental Health First Aid

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

The Big Bend Area Health Education Center (Big Bend AHEC) and Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program are hosting a continuing education event of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem.

Join us on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at our offices on Thomasville Road for Mental Health First Aid.

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This eight-hour training gives you the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

The curriculum will cover the following topics.

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness

  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use

  • How to interact with a person in crisis

  • How to connect the person with help

  • NEW: How to administer naloxone in the event of an opioid overdose

The course will also teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan.

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm

  • Listen non-judgmentally

  • Give reassurance and information

  • Encourage appropriate professional help

  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Participants may receive eight (8) hours of continuing education credit. Afterward, report your hours using Optima.

The event is free. You can download a print flyer, register to attend and submit questions to the event contact below.

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First Published December 29, 2019