Mental Health First Aid

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel
11925 North Meridian Street

Mental Health First Aid

Join DVN for a Mental Health First Aid workshop! Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.

Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). For any questions about this event, please reach out to Cecily Johnson at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you there!

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***This is a first aid class on mental illness; it is not for individuals with mental health knowledge or experience. The class is recommended for front line staff, administration workers, teachers, interested individuals, advocates, law enforcement, parents, coaches, etc.

About our Presenter:

As Program Director, Linda Williams is responsible for assisting the local affiliates in Indiana with NAMI signature programs. This is done through training the leaders of the programs, marketing on the websites and Facebook, providing the materials to them, etc. After taking part in one of NAMI’s signature programs, Linda became interested in being trained to volunteer as a teacher for NAMI’s Evidence based Family-to-Family education class. The importance of that class guided Linda into an entirely new career. The certification she received in 1987 in medical and dental administration has been helpful in her position. She joined the NAMI Indiana staff in 2010. She works closely with volunteer leaders around the state. She recruits, trains and motivates members to become active volunteers, leaders and advocates. Her lived experience has made her very passionate about the mission of NAMI which is to improve the quality of life for persons who are affected by mental illness by providing education, support, advocacy and research.