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Mental Health First Aid Training Offered In Georgetown

Georgetown Fire Department
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Mental Health First Aid USA will offer a course for public safety personnel in Wilton.
Mental Health First Aid USA will offer a course for public safety personnel in Wilton. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. -- A course in mental health first aid for public safety workers will be offered this week at the Georgetown Fire Headquarters at 6 Portland Ave.

The course will be offered from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Mental Health First Aid USA is an intensive course that teaches a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help a person in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, and self-help care.

The course teaches the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and, most importantly, teaches individuals how to help the public or peers in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

The course is taught to police, first responders, corrections officers and other public safety officials around the country. Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety provides first responders with more response options to help them deescalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so they can respond to mental health-related calls appropriately without compromising safety.

To register tuition-free, contact Dawn Roy at ladyroy@earthlink.net .

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