At the Tuesday, Sept. 4 NAMI Four County meeting, Billie Jo Horner will explain the material that is presented during the free Mental Health First Aid trainings that the local NAMI chapter has sponsored seven times since 2014.
The meeting, which is open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. and is held at the Four County ADAMhs Board office, T-761 State Route 66 south of Archbold.
Horner is one of several prevention specialists at Maumee Valley Guidance Center who have been trained by Mental Health First Aid USA to present the adult and youth trainings. The all-day workshops incorporate an evidence-based training with a comprehensive, 100 plus page manual on all of the major mental health and substance use disorders. The target audience is persons who work or volunteer in a helping capacity but who are not trained mental health professionals.
The goal of the training is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to identify persons who may be having a mental health crisis and then know how to help that person get the appropriate mental health services to safely get them through their crisis and beyond.
NAMI will be sponsoring an adult Mental Health First Aid training later this fall. Costs associated with both that training and a youth Mental Health First Aid training next spring have been underwritten by a grant that NAMI has received from the Promedica Defiance Regional Hospital Foundation.
The September NAMI program has been planned to coincide with Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which leads into Mental Health Awareness Week the first full week of October when NAMI Four County will hold its 19th Annual Candlelight Vigil for Mental Health program.
The mission of NAMI is to improve public awareness and understanding of mental illness, to provide free family and community education programs, to offer peer led support groups for family members and persons with a mental illness, and to lead advocacy efforts that support mental health issues and that fight the stigma often associated with mental illness.
NAMI Four County meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the ADAMhs Board office. A different behavioral health topic is presented each month and all meetings, classes and programs are open to the public.
For more information about NAMI Four County, please visit the group’s web site: www.namifourcounty.org.