Mental Health First Aid – Crew Member Council March 2019

What is Mental Health First Aid?

March’s Crew Member Council meeting was held the 22nd. It focused on a very important topic everyone needs to focus more on- Mental Health.

This meeting was special in that it held 8 hours of Mental Health First Aid Training. What is Mental Health First Aid? It is a course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.

It is great to spread awareness to this situation, and the goal is to make it as common as CPR so that anyone can lend a hand to someone who are showing signs of mental illness. Each person who attended March’s Crew Member Council is now certified for 3 years in Mental Health First Aid.

In West Virginia, both youth and adult Mental Health First Aid is sponsored by WV-AWARE. WV-AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience Education) is to increase awareness of the mental health issues throughout the state by training school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth on how to detect, respond, and connect children and families who may have mental health issues with the appropriate services.

Consider signing up for a Mental Health First Aid class near you, and you can help make the difference in today’s world and in somebody’s life.

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