MOUNT VERNON — Knowing how to respond to those with a mental illness or experiencing a mental health related crisis is not a common, everyday skill that everyone possesses. Yet the need to communicate a variety of mental health concerns is a reality that does exist on a daily basis.

Dodie Melvin, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Licking and Knox Counties, sees this need on a regular basis and recently learned about a training course offered through NAMI called Mental Health First Aid USA.

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