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Mental Health First Aid Training

February 7 @ 8:00 am - 4:15 pm


Diocesan Center, Room 103
Doors open at 8:00am with light refreshments. The training will start at 8:30am. Lunch will be provided.

The cost is $30 per person.

Deacon Ed Shoener is from the Diocese of Scranton. He is the President of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers and will be our instructor. The Mental Health First Aid is comprised of two parts; the first part is online, and the second part is in-person (Feb. 7). The online part must be completed before attending the in-person training. The online portion takes approximately two hours to complete.

Did you know that almost 80% of adults report some difficulty with work, home, and social activities because of anxiety or depression? That means that you are more likely to see someone having a panic attack than a heart attack. Would you know how to help?

Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack – we would start CPR, or at least, call 911. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack, or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of alcoholism. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. You will learn risk factors and warning 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.

Topics Covered:
Depression & Mood Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Substance Abuse Disorders

This training will teach you how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations. This is a step-by-step action plan to use when providing support to someone who may be experiencing a distressing situation. Through role plays, scenarios, and activities, you will learn how to respond when someone is experiencing:

Panic Attacks
Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
Non-suicidal self-injury
Acute psychosis (hallucinations or delusions)
Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
Reaction to a traumatic event

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

Registration is limited to 30 participants and closes February 4, 2024.


February 7
8:00 am - 4:15 pm
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Diocesan Center
4800 Union Deposit Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111 United States
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Marianne Weltmer
717-657-4804 ext. 322