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January 25, 2013

Mental health training offered

The mission statement of the Elkhart County Suicide Prevention Coalition is: To provide viable alternatives to suicide. Our objectives are: assistance, education, counseling, resources, research and understanding. With that being stated, the coalition is providing mental health first aid training in February.

The dates of the training are Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 19, 21, 26 and 28, with classes starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Cost is $20 with checks payable to Elkhart County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Mental health first aid presenters Jim Starkey and Barb Welty can be reached at 574-523-2118 for Jim and 574-523-2119 for Barb. You will need to take your supper. Fruit and cookies will be provided.

You will learn the following educational objectives:

• The prevalence of mental illness in the U.S. and the emotional and economic cost.

• The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and substance use disorders.

• A five-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care.

• Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

Certification in mental health first aid will be attained upon completion of 12-hour training and course evaluation.

The coalition meets at the Elkhart County Health Department’s Lincoln Center, 608 Oakland Ave., Elkhart at 8:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and we welcome your attendance.

Unfortunately, last year in Elkhart County there were 15 deaths by suicide that impacted our whole community and changed the immediate family’s lives forever. Please consider joining us for mental health first aid training and help make a positive difference in our community.

— Jim Smith

community advocate

Elkhart County Suicide

Prevention Coalition

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