Mental Health Emergency Training

A new kind of medical training could help you identify when there's a mental health emergency.

Posted: Apr 6, 2019 9:25 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2019 10:39 PM

MARSHALL, Ill. (WTHI) -- Many people go through first aid training to help someone in a medical emergency.

Now, some are choosing to go through a training course to help people experiencing a mental health emergency.

The 8-hour class happened on Saturday at the Marshall public library.

The purpose of the training was to teach people how to recognize the warning signs in kids and how to respond during a mental health crisis.

Those behind the training say participants will be better able to recognize the risk factors for a range of problems.

Including depressing, mental disorders and even self-harm.

"If we can help one child not have the stigma of a mental disorder," Tina Titus said. "Or if we can help that one learn how to get help and that it's not a big deal to go talk to someone, everybody needs to talk to someone."

These people earned their mental health first aid certification.

An instructor with Alliance Community Training led the class.

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