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KLASAC and County offer mental health first aid training

 

January 10, 2018



Klickitat County Part of National Initiative to Increase Teen Mental Health Literacy

On Thursday, Feb. 1, the Klickitat County Health Department and Klickitat and Lyle Against Substance Abuse Coalition (KLASAC) will offer a community Youth Mental Health First Aid training in Klickitat County. This eight-hour training course gives people the tools to identify when a young person might be struggling with a mental health challenge and to connect them with appropriate support and resources.

According to Rita Pinchot, a local mental health first aid trainer and prevention coalition coordinator, many young people in Klickitat County report struggling with feelings of depression and anxiety. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late. Ms. Pinchot states that this training is one step in a community-wide response to get young people the help and support that they need.

For more information or to participate in a Mental Health First Aid training in Klickitat County, contact Rita Pinchot at (360) 952-3569 or klasaccoordinator@gmail.com. Registration for the Feb. 1 training is online at http://www.eventbrite.com and is open to the public.

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid USA, visit http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

The National Council for Behavioral Health was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the USA and more than 1 million individuals have been trained.

 

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