Attendees that fulfill the eight hour course will be certified “Mental Health First Aiders”and given a certificate of completion.
While military service often fosters resilience in individuals and families, some service members may experience challenges with mental health or substance use. Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition requiring treatment – approximately 730,000 men and women, with many experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression. Sadly, less than 50 percent of returning veterans in need receive any mental health treatment. The Veterans Administration reports that approximately 22 veterans die by suicide every day.
Mental Health First Aid is a valuable resource that can make a difference in the lives of the more than 22 million veterans, their families, and the communities they live in.
Individuals trained in Mental Health First Aid can help to:
- Break down the stigma associated with mental illness like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders
- Reach out to those who suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help
- Let veterans know that support is available in their community
- Provide community resource information
...as well as additional abilities. Contact Rhea Spina to register for the class.
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Hempstead, NY 11550
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