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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid International is an even better import than koalas. The following paragraphs are from its website: "An evidence-based program," "an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis." "Mental Health First Aid was created in 2001 by Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education, and Anthony Jorm, a mental health literacy professor. Kitchener and Jorm run Mental Health First Aid Australia, a national non-profit health promotion charity focused on training and research." "Mental Health First Aid USA adapted the program of Mental Health First Aid Australia."
I learned about Mental Health First Aid in an Institute for Challenging Disorganization teleclass, "Depression in the Elderly," led by the pioneer Organizer Kit Anderson, Anderson Organizing. And tried signing up for a training that night. Well, a few weeks later...
I finished the free course on Friday, October 18, 2019. I'm grateful to my teachers at NAMI Eastside (National Alliance on Mental Illness). NAMI is "a ... more

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