LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Many in the Greater Lafayette area have some training in basic first aid and CPR. A new opportunity is now available for training in mental health first aid.
Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County officials made the announcement of the course at the Purdue president's official residence Monday.
Interested members of the public can be certified after taking the 12-hour training course.
Mental Health First Aid was developed in Australia a little more than a decade ago and has already spread to 17 countries.
Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County Director Jennifer Flora says early intervention is key for mental illnesses. She adds this course will help remove the stigma and ignorance regarding mental illness.
"We truly believe that this increased understanding, getting people into that early treatment, people being comfortable talking about mental illness instead of just pushing it back into the corner, we truly believe it's going to make a difference," Flora says.
The cost is $45.
The 5-step action plan uses the acronym ALGEE:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen non-judgmentally
- Give reassurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies
The first class is later this month. It will be offered again in June. For more information, click here.
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