December 4 – 5 in Prescott Valley
Prescott Valley AZ (November 28, 2017) – The Area Agency on Aging and MATFORCE are co-sponsoring a Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults training on December 4 and 5 in Prescott Valley.
Mental Health First Aid USA for Older Adults is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adults over the age of 65, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an older adult in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among older adults, like depression and anxiety. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support an older person developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan:
1. Assess for risk of suicide or harm
2. Listen nonjudgmentally
3. Give reassurance and information
4. Encourage appropriate professional help
5. Encourage self-help and other support strategies
The training will take place at the Prevent Child Abuse Building, 3298 Bob Drive in Prescott Valley. The course will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The course is free of charge, to register for the training please RSVP to Beth Brehio at firstname.lastname@example.org.