Mental Health First Aid Course

By KBJR News 1

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 3:44 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A four–day certification course in Mental Health First Aid is being offered to community members this month at the Amberwing in Duluth.

Participants will learn how to detect early warning signs of someone suffering from a mental illness, including depression, anxiety–disorders and trauma.

Instructors will discuss a five–step plan to identify and assist people in a mental health crisis, including non–judgmental listening, assessing suicide risk, and how to encourage someone to seek professional help.

The certification includes 12 hours of instruction and the course capacity is 30 students.

One of the instructors says this course is for those who have little or no background in mental health training...not for clinical diagnosis.

"This is to say okay. Do I have a friend that might be secluding themselves a little bit more? Seeing some signs and symptoms that way or sitting next to someone on an airplane displaying some signs and symptoms of anxiety. How can I help them in the interim, you know, dealing with something like that?" Lee Berlinquette, a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, said.

Though the next session in March is full, instructors have created a waitlist. The enrollment fee is $100.

For more information or to enroll in a course, click here: www.mdfoundation.org.

Justin Reis, NNC.