Mental health first aid training offered

The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services will sponsor training in Mental Health First Aid, a class that helps individuals who do not have any background as a mental health professional assist someone experiencing a mental health-related crisis.
Sessions will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday in room 254 at Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 950 N. Main St.
Participants will learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in crisis and non-crisis situations and where to turn for help.
The sessions are not intended as a disaster response program, peer support group, counseling or therapy.
Classes will be led by Karyn Westrick and Ginny Williams, certified mental health first aid instructors at the University of Findlay. Participants must attend both days. The cost is $25, which includes workbook and materials.
To register, contact Zachary Thomas at Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services at 419-424-1985 or zthomas@yourpathtohealth.org.

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