Englewood – A one-day training session aimed at breaking down mental health stigmas is heading to Englewood this week.
Mental Health First Aid, a course approved by the National Council on Mental Health, is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation, 815 W.
Neighbors can expect in-depth interactive training that teaches attendees to form a helpful action plan when supporting someone who is experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis, or a substance abuse problem. You can register here.
“We think people are vulnerable if they have mental health conditions, but that’s simply not the case,” said James Burns, interim executive director of the Kennedy Forum Illinois, which is sponsoring the event.
“We need to look at it like physical health. It’s not a moral failure, and it doesn’t mean you’re weak or that you’ve done anything wrong. Mental health affects everyone everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’re a black kid from the South Side or a white kid from Lincoln Park. “.
The eight-hour session will be chaired by a representative of the Sertoma Center, a provider of mental health services and community counseling in the southern suburbs.
“It’s not about turning a person who has completed a mental health first aid course into a doctor or physician,” Burns said. “The idea is that we can rotate [an attendee] in the lifeblood. In some ways, they are like a first responder. They see something happen and they can be there, help that person, and then get the professional help they need.”
Social distancing and COVID-19 protocols will apply.
For more information, neighbors can go here.
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