Mental Health First Aid training being offered in Westfield, New Jersey


CONTACT We Care of Westfield and Morristown in ocnjunction with SAGE Eldercare of Summit have announced a Mental Health First Aid training session on Tuesday and Wednesday June 24 and 25 from 4:00pm to 8:30 pm at the First Baptist Church of Westfield (170 Elm Street in Westfield). The training is aimed at first responders, educators, clergy, and community group leaders and families of those who suffer from mental illness.

The New Jersey session will teach people how to recognize and mitigate mental illness outbursts and better understand how to connect with people who suffer from them. The course is eight hours in length and uses role-playing and other techniques to teach participants about mental illnesses.

CONTACT We Care is a suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline and SAGE Eldercare provides programs and services for older adults and their caregivers.

"Mental Health First Aid training is an excellent way for people – from first responders to parents – to help others who are in crisis. You are more likely to encounter someone, a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor or member of the community, in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack," says Joanne Oppelt, CONTACT executive director.

Anyone interested in becoming a Mental Health First Aider should contact Sue Fasano, director of programs at CONTACT We Care, at 908.301.1899 or [email protected].


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