By Dina Reid, Pension & Health Benefits
According to statistics, one in every five Americans experience mental illness each year. If you or someone you know has struggled with mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse, you know the signs can often be subtle. Recognizing this, and the need to create a more empathic community and environment within the United Methodist Church for those struggling with mental and emotional health, Wespath is offering First Aid for Mental Health training.
The training teaches how to:
• Identify when you or someone you know may be struggling with mental health
• Start a conversation with someone who is struggling
• Respond with empathy
• Help those who are struggling get the help they need
• Take action to manage your own mental health challenges
First Aid for Mental Health is for EVERYONE. Clergy and their spouses, Church leaders, staff and congregation members are all invited to attend at no cost. The skills acquired can be applied to many situations, including home, social and professional environments.
The training will be offered in 2 one hour sessions. The first training dates (March 10 & March 24) are full – additional training dates (March 17 & March 23) have been added.
For more information and to register, visit the First Aid for Mental Health event page.