Montrose, COLO.—Research has found that about 90 percent of individuals who die by suicide experience mental illness. In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month this September, Montrose County and the Center for Mental Health are offering a free Mental Health First Aid course that teaches community members how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders in your community.
"Mental health is an important part to a community's overall health and I'm proud to team up with the Center for Mental Health to bring this course to the community," said Board Chairman Keith Caddy.
Mental illnesses are common, treatable health conditions that affect anyone, regardless of age, race, religion, or income. Mental Health First Aid introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs, and overviews appropriate supports. The eight hour class, taught by a Center of Mental Health staffer, uses role playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis. Participants will also learn how to connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The class will be held on September 20th from 8-4pm at the Montrose County Health and Human Services located at 1845 South Townsend in Montrose. There will be a break for lunch--participants are asked to make their own lunch arrangements. For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Danace Arthur, Montrose County Health Educator, at 970-252-5011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.