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Mental health first aid training offered in Minooka

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

A Mental Health First Aid, or MHFA, training will be offered in December in Minooka.

MHFA is an interactive public education program that helps people from all walks of life to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders, according to a news release from class organizers.

Those who take the 8-hour certification course learn a five-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care.

MHFA will be 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 3 and 4 at the Minooka Fire Station, 7901 E. Minooka Road, in the training room. To register contact Barry Groesch at 630-646-5154 or bgroesch@edward.org.  There is a $25 fee, which covers the cost of books, materials and eight hours of certification contact hours for CNE, IAODAPCA, LCSW, LMFT, LCPC and CPDU.   

The training is conducted by Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital and hosted by the Minooka Fire Protection District, Three Rivers Public Library District and the Behavioral Health Alliance of Grundy County. The BHA is a network of individuals and organizations concerned about behavioral health issues in Grundy County; contact Devan at 815-941-0852 or bhagrundy@gmail.com for more information.

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