Don’t Miss Charity Night March 22!

Come out to dinner and support Starting Point’s mental health and substance abuse treatment programs on Thursday, March 22, at Four Seasons Bistro. A portion of the cost of your dinner will be donated to Starting Point during Charity Night. Enjoy the food, and be sure to tell your server that you are supporting Starting Point – or bring this flyer with you.

 

 

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Register Now For March or April Mental Health First Aid Class

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare has scheduled two Adult Mental Health First Aid Classes in March and April. The classes are free and open to the public, but registration is required. The 8-hour classes take place in the Fernandina Beach Police Department’s Community Room from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Mental Health First Aid program teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the person who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. 

Studies have proven the CPR-like program is effective in improving knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.  

Starting Point staff member Katrina Robinson-Wheeler is certified by the National Council to provide the Mental Health First Aid program. Since Starting Point began offering the program in 2014, more than 1,500 Northeast Florida residents have received the training. The trainings are provided at no charge with funding from Baptist Health and Lutheran Services Floria.

Mental Health First Aid training classes are offered via open community classes or scheduled individually for groups and organizations. For more information or to register for a class, visit mhfanassau.com or call Starting Point at 904.225.8280.    

About Starting Point

Starting Point Behavioral Health provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in the Northeast Florida region. For the last 25 years, Starting Point has served adults and children, providing more than 8,000 hours of care in 2017 alone. Starting Point is a non-profit agency and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

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Sept. 30 Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Register Now For Youth MHFA

Registration is now open at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Community/YMHFA

The class is free and lunch will be provided.

image of flyer for youth mental health first aid class

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Sign Up Now For October 12 Adult MHFA Class

Registration is now open for an Adult Mental Health First Aid class on Thursday, October 12. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Police Department’s Community Room, 1525 Lime St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. The class is presented by Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

The class is free but registration is required. To register, visit MHFANassau.com or call Starting Point at 904-415-9350.

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Be The Difference During Back-to-School Month

     
 

August is back-to-school month, and we all know what that means. The new school year means new clothes, shoes, school supplies and more. But part of preparing to go back to school, whether as a student or teacher, also means taking care of your mental health and well-being.

As part of our #BeTheDifference campaign, we’re focusing on both students’ and teachers’ mental health all month long.

Here’s how you can #BeTheDifference during the month of August:

  1. Join the Twitter Chat on August 17 at 2 p.m. ET, with partners PROJECT 375 and Michi Marshall on Lessons Learned About Mental Health at School.
  2. Read our back-to-school mental health tips. In August we’ll be regularly posting blogs about dealing with mental health challenges at school—make sure to share them with your networks.
  3. Share this infographic about youth mental health at school on social media and beyond!
  4. If you are trained in Mental Health First Aid and work in a school setting, or if you are an Instructor that trains school staff, email EricaH@TheNationalCouncil.org to share your story for a chance to be featured on the blog!

During the transition back into the school year, students and teachers alike can face a variety of mental health challenges, so knowing how to recognize and provide assistance tailored to the individual’s needs is important.

Thank you for being the difference in your community and spreading the word about Mental Health First Aid.

 
     
   
     
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Congratulations to May 26 Class!

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare would like to congratulate our latest round of graduates from the Adult Mental Health First Aid class! This group completed the 8-hour class on May 26, 2017. The next class is scheduled for June 30. The class is free but registration is required. Register now.

photo of May 26 2017 MHFA class

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May is Mental Health Month

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare marked the month of May as Mental Health Month with a number of activities designed to raise awareness about the issue in the community. Board members, staff and volunteers gave out information about Mental Health First Aid classes and other programs at the annual Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, and the County Commission issued a Proclamation in support of May as Mental Health Month in Nassau County. A large banner in downtown Fernandina Beach is also displayed to raise awareness, and the agency has added a special section on the Starting Point website with information about mental health. The next Mental Health First Aid class is scheduled for Friday, May 26, and seats are still available. You can sign up for free at http://www.mhfanassau.com/class-calendar.

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Adult Mental Health First Aid Class Scheduled for May 26

The next Adult Mental Health First Aid class will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on May 26, 2017 at the Fernandina Police Department’s Community Room. The class is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register now.

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Mental Health First Aid Class Testimonial

Taking the Mental Heath First Aid course has provided an important and helpful body of knowledge to hundreds of First Coast residents. We love to hear from our attendees, and wanted to share the latest note from one of our classmates.

Hi, 

Thanks so much, this is the best program for everyone who works or lives with people going through a mental health issue.

If only I had taken this course two years ago. The course showed me how some of my responses were incorrect in dealing with my son, but now I can handle the situation better with the correct response.

I plan to also attend the youth course. These courses are a blessing. You and your partner were awesome!

Thank you,
T.E.

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Register Now For March 24, 2017 MHFA Class

Registration is now open for the next Mental Health First Aid class scheduled for March 24, 2017. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Police Department’s Community Room, 1525 Lime Street, in Fernandina Beach.

There is no cost to attend the class, but registration is required. You can register by contacting Katrina Robinson-Wheeler at 904.415.9350 or online. For online registrations, use promo code WINTER17.

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