Mar 8, 2022 | Uncategorized

MENOMINEE, MI – In response to our nation’s mental health crisis, the M&M Area Community Foundation (MMACF) will host a free Mental Health First Aid training on Saturday, April 2nd. This groundbreaking skills-based course gives people the tools to identify, understand and respond to someone who might be struggling with a mental health or substance use challenge — and connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.

Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step Action Plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.

“As leaders in our community, the Foundation wants to be a part of the national initiative to increase mental health literacy.  We are happy to be able to provide this $175 training free of charge to residents across Marinette and Menominee Counties,” stated Paula Gruszynski, MMACF Executive Director.

One in five Americans has a mental illness, and the pandemic has dramatically increased depression and anxiety, but many are reluctant to seek help or don’t know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. Friends and family members may find it hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not receive care until it is too late.

“Never has it been more important for our communities to talk about mental health and substance use,” says Chuck Ingoglia, president and CEO of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, which helped bring Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. in 2008. “This program is breaking down barriers and stigma so that together we can learn how to better support one another. Without mental health, there is no health.”

Participation includes in-person training at Bridgeview Apartment, (in the Community Room), 1801 8th Avenue, Menominee.  Lunch will be provided, compliments of the MMACF.  All those who are interested in attending must register with the Community Foundation (906-864-3599) by Friday, March 25th.  The training will run from 8am – 2pm on Saturday, April 2nd.  Each participant will be expected to complete 2 hours of pre-training work, which they will receive upon their registration with the Foundation.

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