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First aid for the mind

Published on February 12, 2018 8:21PM

You might know CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, but do you know how to respond when someone says they are thinking about suicide?

An upcoming Mental Health First Aid class at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital aims to give participants the tools to identify signs of a mental health problem and get help for a person in need.

The free eight-hour training focuses on adult mental health issues and runs from 8 am to 5 pm on Tuesday, March 13.

The class uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

To register, call 1-866-243-7747 or email SHSHealthEd@samhealth.org. To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, go to samhealth.org/MentalHealthFirstAid.

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