MOUNT VERNON — Since autumn 2015, Mental Health and Recovery of Licking and Knox Counties and Mental Health America of Licking County have led free mental health first aid training to businesses, organizations and groups in the Licking and Knox County communities.

Where regular first aid focuses on how to treat physical injuries, the purpose of mental health first aid training, said Kay Spergel, executive director of MHR, is to teach the basics of how to speak to someone in crisis, and how to safely get them to a professional who can help them.

They teach participants how to recognize what a mental health crisis looks like, giving those in the classes a better understanding of the signs of a mental health issue, said Penny Sitler, executive director of MHALC.

 

Chelsea Olms: 740-397-5333 or chelsea@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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