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FMH to offer Mental Health First Aid Courses

As the National Council for Behavioral Health makes a push for more Americans to receive mental health first aid training, experts also report an increasing demand for the specialized trainers who can provide the courses to communities and first responders. Fairfield Memorial Hospital has recognized this need for training in mental health first aid and have begun the process and training to offer this service to first responders, law enforcement, school officials, corrections officers, medical providers, the community and much more.

Kathie Hill, MSW, LCSW, FMH Social Services Director and Brenda Ware-Roge, RN, BSN, CCM, FMH Population Health Nurse will be traveling to Bloomington, Illinois to undergo training for 3 days to receive certification in training for mental health first aid. To become certified mental health first aid instructors, they will learn the program’s curriculum and practiced teaching sections of the course with other trainers before teaching to the public. Once the courses have been completed they will take a written test to ensure consistency and adherence to the curriculum.

Mental health first aid is an interactive training that presents an overview of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders in the U.S. The course introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and reviews common treatment.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital hopes to enhance community awareness to identify mental health and substance abuse issues and decrease negativity surrounding mental health issues and reinforce that mental health and substance abuse can be viewed in a health framework.

“Here at Fairfield Memorial Hospital we believe that everyone deserves the training of mental health first aid and we want to ensure that it is provided to our community. It is unsettling the amount of people who suffer with mental health and abuse issues that find no help being offered to them. The training we are going to offer will increase awareness to the shadowed illnesses of mental health and abuse. We are honored to have the capabilities to undergo this training and look forward to passing along this training and knowledge to our community.” Stated CEO, Katherine Bunting-Williams.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital will start offering courses in September to law enforcement, first responders, EMS, correction officers and then expand to the community.


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