Mental Health First Aid provides training to people who will be able to identity when a people may be struggling emotionally or from substance abuse, provide emotional support and resources to a person, and help reduce stigma about mental illness within our social circles and communities. The certification process involves an in-depth training and results in a 3-year certification as a Mental Health First Aider. It is an evidence based curriculum. The training gives us the opportunity to discuss mental health treatment and recovery in the same way that we talk about a medical condition. The training is purposefully not intended to provide psychological diagnosis training or provide treatment. It is aimed at helping identifying changes and providing hope with facts.
I admire organizations such as the Heart and Soul Community Café and the Community Culinary Corps Project whose missions are to help reduce food insecurity and increase inclusivity by providing access to meals within community settings. These organizations rely on community resources and volunteers to operate. Volunteers give their time and energy to support these projects and help others.
While everyone within the community can take part in the meals, there may be people who are struggling. They may use these resources not just for a meal but also to establish and maintain personal connections. I would like to offer free Mental Health First Aid training for up to 10 volunteers as thank you for their willingness to serve others within the community and equip them with invaluable knowledge. As they make personal connections, they may notice changes in behaviors, appearance, and emotions feel equipped provide support and resources. Having this knowledge may make a great difference in someone’s life and have a ripple effect greater than we can measure.
Thank you for your consideration.
Funded by Cass Clay (October 2022)