“There are many types of mental illnesses people might experience at some point in their lives,” MHP Behavioral Health Director Jan LeBahn, LISW, said. “Mental Health First Aid training will help all types of people from teachers, to first responders and other medical professionals, faith leaders and the general public; learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and how to help.”
LeBahn said people suffering from mental illness are often lumped into one category of their diagnosis. “For example, just because a person is suffering from depression doesn’t mean they should be treated as though they need cheering up. Everything depends on the type of depression they have, such as postpartum, grief induced, bipolar disorder or otherwise.
“There are many types of depression and even though they show similar symptoms, afflicted people need to be treated individually. This is also true for people who have anxiety disorders, paranoia or eating disorders. Each of these disorders is very different and needs to be approached in a different manner, depending on the situation,” LeBahn stressed.
“Through classes such as Mental Health First Aid, the goal is for the public to learn how to recognize signs and symptoms, to be able to intervene, and feel comfortable talking about symptoms of mental health.” LeBahn encouraged. “If more people receive proper treatment for mental illness, the lifelong effects can be reduced.”
The cost of the class is $35 and six CEU’s will be offered. To register for Mental Health First Aid training or for more information, call 641.672.3159. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 3.