April 03 2012
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Behavioral Health Prevention and Community Family Services programs will offer a free, two-day mental health first aid course in May in the communities of Juneau, Sitka, Klawock and Kake.
“Mental health first aid will help anyone in any setting provide the care needed to a person experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional treatment staff is available or until the crisis resolves,” SEARHC Behavioral Health Division Director Melody Price-Yonts said. “We are excited to bring this opportunity to Southeast Alaska, since many people encounter individuals in a mental health crisis in a variety of settings.”
The Juneau class is Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8-9, at the Vocational Training and Resource Center auditorium (3239 Hospital Dr.). The Sitka class is Thursday and Friday, May 10-11, at the SEARHC At Kaník Hít Community Health building first-floor conference room (1212 Seward Ave.). The Klawock class takes place Thursday and Friday, May 24-25, at the Klawock Salvation Army Church (585 Summit). The Kake class is Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28-29, at the Kake Salvation Army Church (on Keku Road).
During the 12-hour certification course, participants will learn:
These courses are open to all members of the community, young people, families and the general public. If you work in the following fields we encourage you to take this opportunity to attend this training — health workers, state policymakers, employers, faith communities, school personnel, law enforcement, nursing home staff and mental health support staff. Participants who complete the course will earn a mental health first aid certificate from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.
To register for the training or for more information, please call Kathryn Mathews in Sitka at 1-907-966-8744. The registration deadline is April 20. To learn more about the mental health first aid training, go to http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/.