To be a good neighbor, friend or family member, it would be beneficial to understand signs of mental instability. Sometimes those around us, or maybe even we, are overcome by sadness, anger and anxiety. What should a caring person do? Where do we turn?
The public is invited to two sessions of the Mental Health First Aid Workshop, sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning at Northwest State Community College. Presenters of the ADAMhs Board will lead the training and all participants will have a workbook to keep for future reference.
The Mental Health First Aid Workshop is divided into two different Friday sessions. The first is Friday, October 5 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and the second part of the workshop will be offered Friday, October 12 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Both sessions will take place at the College and those who complete both sessions will earn a Mental Health First Aid USA certificate.
The workshop is a grass-roots approach to identifying mental health behaviors that need our attention. As a community, we need to be aware of things we say and do that add to the stigma of those suffering from mental illness. The interactive sessions will stir participants to better understand the complexity of the issues and teach techniques for de-escalating the situations.
All around us, stories of senseless shootings make the news. Professionals all agree that being aware of mental health issues is at least one of the components to making safer neighborhoods.
On October 5 after the lunch, which is included in the registration, Bev Miller, a Wauseon native and former teacher, will speak to the group about her battle with mental illness. She openly shares her story of the highs and lows of a very misunderstood disease. Today, Ms. Miller is co-owner of her family business and speaks of her journey toward mental stability. The Friday session will wrap up by 3 p.m. The second half of the workshop will be Friday, October 12 and will conclude by 12:30 p.m. with no lunch included.
The registration fee for the entire workshop is $12, which includes lunch on Friday, October 5. To register call 419.267.1312 by Monday, October 1. Credit card payments are accepted, or you can make arrangements to pay at the door.
To register by mail, send a check with your name, address, and contact number in the to: Center for Lifelong Learning, Northwest State, 22600 State Route 34, Archbold, Ohio 43502. For questions call the Center’s coordinator, Cecily Rohrs, at 419.267.5502.