A local mental health first aid training course available

SUNBURY – A Mental Health First Aid Certification course is coming to Selinsgrove to help individuals recognize mental illness when responding to mental health emergencies. The course is designed for nurses, emergency responders, church staff, teachers, family members, volunteers and friends. Robin Kunkel says the course will be offered at Sharon Lutheran Church in Selinsgrove in January and February.

 

Kunkel said, “The course is for people who are unskilled with mental health issues. It helps to give them tools to help to recognize mental health and encourage people who are suffering to go to professionals and hopefully it can help them to be healthier.”

 

The course will last four evenings and participants will be provided with a manual addressing risk factors and warning signs for anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. The classes are January 17th, the 24th and 31st and February 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Kunkel at 374-8444. (Ali Stevens)