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Free Training: Certify Yourself in Mental Health First Aid

The Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham Counties has sub-contracted with Kent County Network 180 to receive $70,000 through a grant with the State of Michigan to hold Youth Mental Health First Aid classes.  These classes are free and you need no other education.  Classes are taking place at 812 E Jolly Road Lansing, Mi 48190 on August 14, August 18, August 26, August 28, September 3, September 10, September 18, September 22, September 23,  and September 30. 
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human service workers, and caring citizens how to help an adolescent (12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. You will learn common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, potential warning signs and risk factors for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHA), and eating disorders, 5-step Action Plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and you will find resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who, regularly interact with young people but this class is open to all members of the communities in Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton counties.  A free lunch is provided. 
Class time is from 8:30-5:00 p.m. and continuing education credits are available for teacher, nurses, social workers and substance use providers.
Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings are also available.  There are two classes left with openings.  September 11 and September 29.
The training is free for those who live/work in Clinton, Ingham, and  Eaton Counties.  To register contact 517-346-8244 or 517-346-8238.  You may also register at www.eventbrite.com.  Contact Stacy Smith at 517-449-4850 with any questions.

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