One in five Americans struggles with mental illness. Fortunately, for those affected in Johnson County, they are increasingly being met with compassionate care from those who have participated in Johnson County Mental Health Center’s Mental First Aid (MHFA) program. The course recently received national recognition.
The National Council for Behavioral Health celebrated organizations that taught five or more MHFA courses between June and September 2018. The courses educate their communities and improve the lives of people struggling with emotional and addiction issues. Nationwide, over the past 10 years, an estimated 1 million people have become certified in MHFA. The council designated Johnson County’s Mental Health Center as a Mental Health First Aid Champion.
“In Johnson County, we have found Mental Health First Aid to be integral to engaging our community in dialogue regarding mental health and the pursuit of mental wellness,” said Tim DeWeese, Mental Health Center director. “Whether it’s a first responder, veteran, teacher, student or a concerned citizen, Mental Health First Aid is an invaluable tool to help us all understand and respond to the signs of mental illness and/or substance use disorders within our community.”
In Johnson County, program participants learn a five-step action plan to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health or substance use concerns, and then offer support.
For more information, or to participate in a Mental Health First Aid training in Johnson County, visit jocogov.org/mhfa or contact 913-715-7880 or by email at JCMHCEvents@jocogov.org. To learn more about Mental Health First Aid USA, visit MentalHealthFirstAid.org.