Alliance is partnering with WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Duke Raleigh Hospital, UNC REX, and the UNC-CH School of Social Work to train elected officials in Wake County in Mental Health First Aid. The 8-hour training will be held on May 19 at WakeMed North Hospital in Raleigh.
1 in 5 Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.
Just as knowing CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training allows members of the public to better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. Trainees learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.
In just ten years, the Mental Health First Aid program has certified over 1,000,000 people nationally, including over 36,000 in North Carolina, most in the Southeast and #6 in the country. During the past year alone Alliance trained 824 individuals in Adult Mental Health First Aid, and 84 in Youth Mental Health First Aid, a specialized version of the training for adults who come in frequent contact with young people.
Among those scheduled to participate in this week’s training are members of state and local government and executive leadership from WakeMed Health and Hospitals, UNC REX and Duke Raleigh Hospital.