SFCS Sponsors Free Training in Mental Health for the Community: Sign Up Today

MentalHealthMembers of the community are invited to enroll in the Mental Health First Training course that will be held virtually and free of charge on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 9am to 2pm.

Mental Health First Aid trains participants in mental health literacy, understanding risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns and strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors offers concrete tools and answers to key questions, such as “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?”.

Just as CPR helps participants assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps participants assist those experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. This course is recommended for a wide variety of community members, including faith leaders, first responders, employers and other caring individuals. All participants will receive national certification in Mental Health First Aid after completing the course.

“Mental Health First Aid training is more essential than ever, as communities nation-wide face increasing mental health-related challenges in the wake of the tragic COVID-19 pandemic,” said Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Services Executive Director James Genova. “We are extremely pleased to offer the community this important training and have the capacity to provide vital assistance and counseling when demand for Mental Health First Aid is expected to reach historic levels.”

More than 2 million people across the United States have been trained in Mental Health First Aid. The upcoming training is made possible through the partnership of the Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling service, National Council for Behavioral Health, Westchester Department of Community Mental Health and Westchester Jewish Community Services.

To register or for more information, please contact DATFScarsdale@gmail.com.