TRILOGY OFFERS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID CLASSES TO THE COMMUNITY
Just as CPR training helps a layperson, without medical training, assist an individual who is not breathing, “Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis," according to the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare website. Samantha Handley, Trilogy’s Vice President and a Certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor says, "The idea is to help support a person until appropriate professional help is available. People should think of it like CPR for mental health."
"The MHFA training course was developed so that people in the community could provide comfort and promote recovery for friends or family members living with mental illness,” adds Mary Colleran, a Certified MHFA instructor and Trilogy’s Chief Operating Officer. “People are also given training on assisting someone experiencing a mental health crisis. The National Council suggests that 'friends and family of individuals with mental illness or addictions, key professionals such as: police officers, human resource directors and primary care workers, school and college professionals, persons from faith-based communities, or anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and addiction,' take part in this important program."
Offering MHFA classes is an important component of Trilogy’s efforts to raise awareness and reduces stigma associated with mental illness. Check out and register for one of our upcoming classes.