#MHStrong, a program of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW), is offering free training in Mental Health First Aid, an 8-hour evidence-based course that teaches one how to assist someone who is experiencing mental health distress or developing a substance use problem. The program is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to promote mental wellness.
The initiative targets people and communities who are involved with three populations where mental health challenges exist: Veterans, high-risk and gang-vulnerable youth, and people with mental health conditions in the criminal justice system.
#MHStrong’s Veteran-focused component will train staff, volunteers, and Veterans affiliated with the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island, the Northport VA Medical Center, the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency and local agencies providing support and housing for Veterans
The youth-oriented module will train school personnel and community organization volunteers and leaders working and living in school districts where there are noted high-risk and gang-vulnerable youth and families. It will also include faith-based organizations and personnel of the Suffolk County Office of Minority Health and the Department of Social Services.
The third component will train officers and staff of entities serving people with psychiatric disabilities involved in the criminal justice system, including the Suffolk County Department of Probation and New York State Parole.
The program also welcomes members of the general public who work with one of the three targeted populations to take a Mental Health First Aid class free-of-charge on a first-come basis. Click here to go to the calendar and choose an open class.