Mental Health First Aid:
One in five Americans have a mental illness, and many are reluctant to seek help or do not know where to turn for care. The symptoms of mental illness can be difficult to detect — even when friends and family can tell that something is amiss, they may not know how to intervene or direct the person to proper treatment. This means that all too often, those in need of mental health services do not get them until it is too late. As a society, we largely remain ignorant about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and we ignore our role as responsible community members to help people with mental illness. Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, builds understanding of their impacts, and overviews common treatments. Graduates of the course know how to identify a mental health issue and refer someone to care.
Aging and Mental Health Education:
For the last several years, new research has emerged that shows there are many things we can do to keep our minds healthy. Many of the same things we do to keep our bodies healthy contribute to healthy minds. In addition, activities that stimulate our minds, such as crossword puzzles, reading, writing, and learning new things, help keep our brains healthy. Staying engaged with the people around us and our communities plays an equally big part in staying mentally fit. The Aging and Mental Health Education program is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of good mental health hygiene for older adults. We seek to give professionals, caregivers, families, and older adults information, support, and awareness of available resources.
Wellness and Resilience (Desire and How To):
Sometimes when you are first dealing with a behavioral health concern, it can be very confusing. You may need a “road map” to help you understand where you are in the recovery process. Once you know that, you can start moving in the direction toward wellness, but only if that is where you want to go. You will need resilience to help you move in that direction. And once you have the desire (using wellness as your motivator) and the “how to” (having resilience skills), you will have a very powerful combination to work through behavioral health concerns.
For more information on course schedules or to schedule a presentation, please call 214-871-2420.