Mental Health First Aid Training to be held in Poplar Bluff

One in five people will have a panic attack once in their lifetime. What would you do when this happens to a co-worker, loved one, or church member? Attend the Mental Health First Aid course to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, how to help, and how to guide the person to professional help. University of Missouri Extension will offer Mental Health First Aid training on Thursday, August 3 in Poplar Bluff. The one-day training will be at the University of Missouri Extension Center County from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. The registration fee will be $20, which includes lunch and workbooks. Instructors, who are certified Mental Health First Aid Trainers, include Phyllis Flanigan and Amber Windhorst. (CEUs information available upon request.)

This 8-hour course teaches people how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis situation. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help, and what type of help has been shown to be effective. The purpose of the program is to also demystify the whole topic of mental illness, to increase mental health literacy, and to decrease any stigma.

For more information and to register contact the University of Missouri Extension Center, 614 Lindsay Ave., Suite 3 (686-8064). The registration form is found on our website extension.missouri.edu/butler. Deadline to register is Friday, July 28.

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