Mental Health First Aid Course Offered by Wayside

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The following information was provided by Wayside Youth & Family Support Network:

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. It also explores skills to manage a mental health crisis until professionals arrive to take over.

As a community, we are responsible for supporting those in need around us. This training teaches us how to better understand and support the needs of those in our community who may be struggling with their mental health. It also helps us learn how to de-stigmatize mental health difficulties in our culture which will allow folks who are struggling to more easily access the care they need.

As providers, we are responsible for providing quality care to those we serve and their support systems. This training teaches us ways to discuss complicated struggles more clearly and in a de-stigmatizing way. It also supports the on-going practice of crisis management skill building.

Additionally, it can help us set our own boundaries around offering support to those we care about in our personal lives as we cannot support them the way we do our clients.

Register Here: 9/30 -Watertown:

2 thoughts on “Mental Health First Aid Course Offered by Wayside

  1. 9/30 is the 1st day of Rosh Hashanna, one of the holiest days of the Jewish calendar year. Offering the training on that day makes it inaccessible to virtually all Jews and is tantamount to scheduling it on Christmas or Easter.

    • Ilana,
      Only 4% of people in Massachusetts identify as Jewish. Few of them even follow Jewish law, and simply go to synagogue once a year without fasting . Respectfully, this is not a serious concern.

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