Local Mental Health and Substance Abuse Training
Mental Health First Aid—Identify. Understand. Respond.
Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance misuse issues. Just like CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance misuse related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and working signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone age 18 and older who wants to learn how to help a person experiencing a mental health-related crisis or problem. This training is recommended for people working with the public (nurses, social workers, law enforcement, etc.) as well as consumers, families, or anyone who wants to learn more about mental health care.
The youth Mental Health First Aid course is primarily intended for adults to learn how to help young people experiencing mental health crises or challenges. It reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents through young adults, ages 12 to 24. It emphasizes the importance of early intervention. This training is recommended for people working with youth (teachers, afterschool staff, guidance counselors, social workers, law enforcement, etc.) as well as families or anyone who wants to learn more about mental health care.
Mental Health First Aid is offered in three different formats:
The entire course is taught in-person and is classroom-based (6.5 – 8 hours).
The first session is taught through a 2-hour, self-paced, online course. The second session is taught in-person and is classroom-based (classroom session is 4 – 6 hours).
The first session is taught through a 2-hour, self-paced, online course. The second session is held online and led via Zoom by an instructor (Zoom session is 4 – 6 hours).
Preventing Suicide in Northwest Indiana
The Northwest Indiana Suicide Prevention Council is a group of individuals and organizations dedicated to suicide prevention. The council is diverse and represented by universities, mental health care centers, education centers, schools, hospitals, support groups, and more. Since 2006, members have been meeting to share information, develop goals, new projects, and analyze our progress.
The Northwest Indiana Suicide Prevention Council is an open group and anyone is welcome to attend meetings. The council members offer suicide prevention and intervention trainings to communities, schools, and workplaces in Lake County, LaPorte County, Porter County, Newton County, and Jasper County.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older, who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid.
Question. Persuade. Refer. As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope, and know how to get help to save a life.
S.O.S. Signs of Suicide Prevention Program is a universal, school-based depression awareness and suicide prevention program designed for middle-school or high-school students.
Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorder. The training can be tailored specifically to those working with adults, those who work with youth, and also those working with veterans and their families.
Raw Coping Power: Stress management training for the workplace.
For more information, contact Geminus Prevention Services at 219-757-1849 or visit the Facebook page linked below.