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Mental health 'first aid' workshop planned

August 15, 2011

West Texas Centers and Howard College are offering Mental Health First Aid Sept. 7 and 8 to people who are interested in knowing how to respond to people with mental health issues.
The two-day class will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Howard College Tumbleweed Room. The class costs $100. To register, contact the Howard College Registrar’s Office at 432-264-5106
Mental Health First Aid helps those experiencing mental health problems before they seek professional help and support, said West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith, LMSW.
“It is similar to ‘First Aid’ and ‘CPR’,” Smith said. “It is designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. It is not geared toward professionals in the mental health field, but they can learn from this training.”
Mental health problems — such as depression, anxiety, impulse control and misuse of alcohol and other drugs — are common in the United States, Smith said. More than one in four American adults will have a mental health problem in a year.

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