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Memorial Behavioral Health Offers Class in Mental Health First Aid

Memorial Behavioral Health will offer a class for the public to receive training on how to identify and respond to adults showing signs of mental illness or substance abuse.

The class, Mental Health First Aid, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Room 2D of the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St. The class is for adults only.

The cost for the class is $18.95, which includes training manuals for the session.

“People with mental illness may not seek the care they need due to fear of judgment, fear of being traumatized again or because they believe recovery is unattainable,” said Janie Cartwright, a learning consultant with the Organization Learning Department at Memorial Medical Center. “This session will teach people how to reach out to someone struggling with poor mental health and help them get the support they need.”

Mental Health First Aid teaches signs of addiction and mental illness, the impact of mental and substance use disorders, a five-step action plan, and local resources and where to turn for help.

Online registration is available at MemorialBehavioralHealth.org. For more details, call 217-588-2604 or email learning.organization@mhsil.com.

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