An increase in federal funding has the opportunity to make Mental Health First Aid as well-known as CPR.
The 8 hour course teaches participants how to identify symptoms of a mental health issue or crisis and how and when to intervene. In California, the Department of Education received a $1.9 million grant last yeah to offer training courses for teachers, principals, bus drivers and others who work closely with school-age children to help better identify problems earlier and be able to provide intervention sooner.
With proposed legislation from Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Kelly Ayotte, another $20 million dollars to put toward expanding #MHFA training will hopefully be added to the upcoming budget.
To find out more about Mental Health First Aid training, please visit http://bit.ly/16sNLE3
For more on the story in California and how a man who had MHFA training talked down a woman in crisis, visit: http://bayareane.ws/1buWJTL