Mental Health First Aid

Some local groups are taking measures to help those with mental illness.

The not-for-profit KidsMatter, School District 203, and Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital partnered together to certify residents in mental health first aid.

During an eight hour course, 55 participants learned signs of addiction and mental illness, a five-step action plan to assess a given situation, and local resources, including where to turn for help.

While they’re still by no means medical experts, the class gained skills that can be used to assist in a mental health crisis until professional help is obtained.

“Just like first aid for a broken leg, mental health first aid is how to help someone until they can get to a higher level of care as well,” Judy Smith, mental health first aid instructor.

There will be additional training dates for mental health first aid at Linden Oaks on July 23rd and Christ Church of Oak Brook on September 20th.

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