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Mental Health First Aid

MHFA logoMental Health First Aid USA is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. The program is offered in the form of an interactive 12-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.

Those who take the 12-hour course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid USA course has benefited a variety of audiences and key professions, including: primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, young people, families and the general public.

For information about Mental Health First Aid classes available in Will County and surrounding areas, contact Linden Oaks at Edward at 630-305-5500.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI logoThe National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI volunteers are focused on support, education, research and advocacy to help individuals and families. The Will and Grundy Counties chapter offers a 12-week training called Family-to-Family that teaches family members how to understand different mental disorders, develop coping skills, and find avenues of support. A 6-week course called Hearts & Minds is also offered to help participants improve their overall health and well-being through medical self-advocacy, healthy eating, exercise, and mindfulness. For information about these classes, visit the NAMI website or call 815-731-9103.