TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The American Red Cross is launching a virtual mental health training program for the public in response to COVID-19. It's called Psychological First Aid.
"People are dealing with anxiety of not only staying at home, but the fear of being infected by the virus," said Wendy Starr, Chair of the Central Indiana American Red Cross.
This training has always been offered to Red Cross disaster relief trainees but Starr said these days call for all hands on deck.
"We think people need to know the signs and that’s what psychological first aid is all about — it’s what are the signs and if there are certain signs, how do we help the client get through their need," said Starr.
The training can be done online. The next trainings are scheduled on Sunday Mar. 29, Friday, Apr. 10 and Monday, Apr. 13. Starr suggests parents and employers consider taking the training during this time.
"This might be an opportunity to just keep an eye on everybody because that’s what we’re here for," said Starr.