Howell Alliance to host mental health first aid training for young people

HOWELL – The Howell Alliance for Substance Use Prevention and Mental Health Awareness will host a Mental Health First Aid Certification Training Session for Youth from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on August 13 at Municipal Building, 4567 Route 9 North.

Mental Health First Aid for Youth has two goals: to teach adults who regularly interact with youth and young adults how to recognize and respond to a mental health or addictions emergency; and how to offer support to a young person who appears to be in emotional distress, according to a press release from the alliance.

These adults can be parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school personnel, first responders, law enforcement personnel, health and social care workers, peers, neighbors or other caring citizens.

Although one in five Americans suffers from a mental illness, people of all ages are reluctant to seek help for fear of stigma or because they may not know where to turn for care. , according to the press release.

Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and addiction problems can be difficult to detect, and for friends and family members it can be difficult to know when and how to intervene. Therefore, those who need mental health services often do so. not get them until it’s too late, according to the press release.

Just as cardiopulmonary resuscitation training allows people without clinical training to help someone having a heart attack, mental health first aid prepares participants to confidently interact with someone going through a mental health crisis, according to the press release.

Mental health first aiders learn a five-step action plan that guides them through the process of making contact and offering appropriate support.

Over the past 10 years, mental health first aid has grown into a movement in its own right in the United States. More than one million people are certified mental health first aiders and that number is growing every day, according to the press release.

The August 13 presentation will be the eighth mental health first aid training session sponsored or hosted by the Howell Alliance. To date, more than 90 community members and professionals have been certified through training sessions sponsored by Howell Alliance, according to the press release.

To register for the August 13 training session, visit Eventbrite at Participants will need to bring their own food and beverages. A free water fountain and a cash-only snack vending machine are available on site.

For more information about the event, contact Christa Riddle, Howell Alliance Coordinator, by email at [email protected] or call 732-938-4500, ext. 4012.

For more information on mental health or mental health first aid training sessions for young people, contact Marni Elson-Victor by email at [email protected]

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid USA, visit

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