September 19 2016
Burlington Volunteer Reserve Corps to Host “Mental Health First Aid” Training
The following is a release from the Burlington Board of Health:
Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year. The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals throughout the nation, including members of the Burlington Volunteer Reserve Corps (MRC), to provide Mental Health First Aid to enable their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses.
The BVRC is a volunteer organization whose members are ready to provide assistance to the Burlington Community in the event of an emergency, such as widespread power outages, pandemic disease outbreaks, or severe weather emergencies. BVRC members participate in trainings, exercises, and drills to become better prepared for emergency situations.
“Mental Health First Aid” training is an 8 hour course and will be held on October 17 and October 24 from 5-9 pm. If you are interested in attending this free training, please RSVP to the Board of Health at 781-270-1955. For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.