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).