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New Lenox offering free Mental Health First Aid Class

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

The Village of New Lenox and its Safe Community Coalition, in partnership with Sertoma Centre, Inc., is offering a FREE Mental Health First Aid Class on Monday, November 30, 2020 from 12:00pm to 5:30pm.  Prior to the instructor-led class, which will utilize Zoom videoconferencing technology, participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course.

Mental Health First Aid teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.  This class is ideal for behavioral health professionals, social workers, counselors, first responders and anyone who wants to learn about the warning signs of major depression and suicidal behavior.  Attendees will also learn about the history of MHFA in the United States, risk factors and warning signs for non-suicidal self-injury, warning signs of substance abuse dependence, and the MHFA action plan for individuals addicted to substances.  The virtual training will be based on new curricula that has been in development for more than a year.  It includes expanded content on trauma, addiction, and self-care. 

Class size is limited to twenty (20).  To ensure that all participants have time to complete the 2-hour self-paced course, the deadline to register will be November 24, 2020.  Registration is being handled through Eventbrite via this link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-mental-health-first-aid-class-tickets-128694260999

Gia Washington, Community Services Manager, Sertoma Centre, Inc., will contact all registrants via email with information about the 2-hour self-paced online course.  Gia will also send registrants a link to the Zoom videoconference in advance of the November 30th class.  For additional questions and information regarding CEUs, contact Gia at (708) 748-1951 or via email gwashington@sertomacentre.org.

For any additional information or questions, please contact Daniel Martin, Safe Community Coordinator, Village of New Lenox, by email dmartin@newlenox.net or by phone (815) 462-6493.

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