TUCSON, Ariz. — The Pima County Health Department is tackling stigmas surrounding mental health by offering free training courses that go over the signs and symptoms of illnesses.
Mental Health First Aid goes over the warning signs and teaches people how to help. Trainers give advice on empathy and demonstrate exactly how to talk to someone in need.
The eight hour training is free and goes over how to help youth or adults.
People who complete the course are able to identify, understand, and respond to signs of addiction and mental illnesses, according to organizers. Being able to provide that initial support early on, to help connect them to care, is crucial, according to the Health Department.
Teachers, school staff, coaches, camp counselors, youth group leaders, and parents are encouraged to take the course.
Mental Health First Aid is free and offered several times a year, depending on interest. For more information or to setup trainings, email CMHA@pima.gov or call 520-724-7926.