Mental Health First Aid: Class will equip Tusayan, GC community members with training/resources
Town of Tusayan, Coconino County to offer mental health fist aid class Nov. 18
TUSAYAN, Ariz. — To help bring awareness to mental health issues and to equip community members to respond to mental health crisis, a Mental Health First Aid Class will be offered in Tusayan Nov. 18.
The town of Tusayan is working in conjunction with Stronger As One and Coconino County to offer the class, which takes place at the Tusayan Town Hall from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
“There’s never been a time when these skills are more important,” said Charlie Hendrix, Tusayan Town Manager.
The 8-hour class is free and is limited to 20 participants.
“The mental health first aid class is designed for everyone. It is not designed for a certain profession or group of people. We would like to see everyone,” said Sharon Sifling, Arizona Health Zone program coordinator for Coconino County Health and Human Services. “When we have more people aware and taking this class, it increases mental health literacy and also decreases associated stigmas that have been present around mental health.”
During the class participants will learn how to assess for risk of suicide or harm, listen non-judgmentally, give reassurance and information, encourage appropriate professional help and encourage self-help and other support strategies.
Those who complete the class will receive a three-year certification to help those in need.
“You are certified to offer mental health first aid,” Sifling said. “What we tell people in the class is if you didn’t come in as a therapist, you won’t leave this class as a therapist. It is just a stop-gap measure to recognize warning signs and symptoms and to help somebody get the help they need.”
The class will share a list of local and national resources.
Those interested will need to RSVP by contacting the town of Tusayan at (928) 638-9909. For those interested in attending another training location contact Stronger As One at StrongerAsOne@coconino.az.gov or (928) 679-7130.