May is Mental Health Awareness month. You are more likely to encounter someone- friend, family member, student, neighbor, or member of the community- in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack.
Worthington Schools, Colonial Hills PTA, Partnership for Community and Character and Sandy Hook Promise are partnering to bring to the Worthington Community “Mental Health First Aid” training.
Mental Health First Aid™ (MHFA) for youth teaches a 5 step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness of in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self- help care. MHFA is an evidence based research proven 8- hour course that helps identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health illnesses and addictions in youth (age 12-18) and adults.
Anyone who works with young people such as parents, caretakers, educators, law enforcement, faith based leaders, college students, coaches and community leaders should attend.
Research has shown that MHFA training helps reduce mental health stigmas or the social distance created by negative attitudes and perceptions of individuals with mental illnesses.
MHFA teaches about recovery and resiliency- the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can get better and use their strengths to stay well.
Please consider investing one day to learn how to make a positive difference in the lives of students across Worthington
When: Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Where: Worthington Education Center, 200 E. Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington 43084
The cost is now free! (The registration forms say $25.00, but it’s now FREE. Yep, really, it’s FREE!)
The registration form can be accessed here. Worthington MHFA Registration
Please consider attending this training. Our community deserves it! If you can help just one child it will be WORTH IT!
Trent Bowers, Assistant Superintendent