Local non-profit to give free mental health first aid training

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Source: Child and Family Center

Child & Family Center will present a FREE ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ Training January 10, 2018 from 9am to 6pm at the Center facility at 21545 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita.

Similar to ‘First Aid’ and CPR, ‘Mental Health First Aid’ helps those experiencing mental health problems before they can get professional help and support.

The eight-hour course helps to improve mental health literacy and teaches people to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. 

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual.

The certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.

The Mental Health First Aid course is available to individuals, teachers, law enforcement, human resource departments and private companies. For more information please contact Christine Waldron at the Child & Family Center 661-259-9439 x3142.

Child & Family Center has been providing mental health and behavioral services for children and families in Santa Clarita since 1976, treating issues such as depression, suicidal thoughts, drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, and Attention Deficit Disorder, among others. 

Services include individual, group and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents and their families.

The Center currently helps over 750 children and their families each week. For more information, contact the Center at 661-259-9439 or visit www.childfamilycenter.org.

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