Common Ground, Beaumont partner to offer mental health first aid training
The stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents people from seeking help or even acknowledging that they need help. When they do want help, they don’t know where to turn.
Common Ground and Beaumont Health System have joined forces to try to remove the stigma. They have teamed up to sponsor Mental Health First Aid, an internationally recognized training program designed to equip non-mental health professionals with the tools to recognize and respond to people who may be in a mental health crisis, and connect them to the appropriate care.
“Too often people who are living with mental illness are afraid to say anything because of the stigma associated with it,” said Jim Perlaki, vice president of External Relations at Common Ground. “This training will help to destigmatize mental illness and having people trained with these skills will make for a healthier community because more people will get connected with the right resources when they need them.”
Mental Health First Aid can be compared to another internationally recognized program that teaches people how to recognize and help when someone is suffering from a physical crisis such as choking, not being able to breathe or a heart attack.
“If you have been trained in American Red Cross first aid and CPR, you were taught how to respond to the needs of someone who is having a medical emergency,” said William Miles, M.D. , director of Psychiatric Inpatient Services, Beaumont Health System , and associate professor of Psychiatry at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. “In Mental Health First Aid training, you learn how to recognize and respond if someone is having a mental health crisis. Just like Red Cross first aid, mental health first aid training may help save lives by helping to connect people to professional mental health care.”
Participants will learn how to provide initial help to someone showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis (severe depression, psychosis, panic attack, suicidal thoughts and behaviors) until appropriate professional help can be engaged. The training is open to educators, school administrators, human resource professionals, the faith communities, policy makers, primary health care providers, first responders, police and fire personnel, security personnel, family members or caring community residents.
The $75 fee for the two-day training includes registration, a workbook, snacks and lunch. The next session is scheduled for Monday, May 14 and 21 at Beaumont Hospital in Troy (ground floor, classroom 5) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions or to register, call or email Joan Roberts at 248-451-3733 or email@example.com.
To view the entire Mental Health First Aid class schedule, visit http://commongroundhelps.org/.
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