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Mental Health first aid training offered

CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County Mental Health Board, NAMI McHenry County and Families ETC offer free Mental Health First Aid training focused on individuals who exhibit warning signs of mental health problems.

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that helps in learning to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

This training helps participants identify potential warning signs and risk factors for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use and self-injury.

The training helps individuals know how to safely de-escalate a crisis situation, and it identifies a five-step plan to help a person in crisis connect to professional care.

Trainings are tailored to cover adults, veterans and adolescents.

For information about upcoming Mental Health First Aid training sessions, or to initiate a special training for a group, contact Wendy Neuman at 815-455-2828 for adults and Susan Ling at 815-308-0851 for adolescents.

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