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Mental Health First Aid class offered

October 30, 2017 1:01 PM
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Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital will partner with the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan to offer an Adult Mental Health First Aid course.

The class will be held 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the DeWitt Building of Zeeland Community Hospital, 8333 Felch St.

The eight-hour training course is designed to give members of the community key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy -- helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. Specifically, studies found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.

The fee for the class is $25 and includes lunch and a workbook. Eight nursing CEUs are available for attending the entire session.

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