MHRB offers local trainings to assist in mental health crisis situations


By Elizabeth Murphy - For The Register-Herald



Over the next few weeks, The Preble County Mental Health & Recovery Board is hosting two trainings: Crisis Intervention Team & Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is designed to improve the outcomes of Police, Fire & EMS interactions with people exhibiting mental illness, substance abuse or developmental disabilities. The three day training will provide the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively to a crisis incident. This year, the training program also includes the half day Recertification, or refresher, for those members already CIT trained. Course instruction is provided by local CIT certified personnel including police, fire & first responders, mental health & addiction recovery therapists, and professionals working with the developmentally disabled.

CIT – 3 Day & Recertification

Feb. 19, 26 & March 4. March 4, 8 a.m.-noon is refresher portion.

Sessions will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Eaton Fire Station #2, 391 West Lexington Road.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Training is free.

Register by email to: linda.calbeck@pcmhrb.org or call 937-456-6827. Please specify full 3-day or recertification.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, aged 12 -18. The course teaches participants risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use, and disruptive behavior disorders. Participants do not learn to diagnose or to provide therapy, but instead, participants learn to apply a five step plan to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis. The course is taught by Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Michelle Gebhart, Gebhart Counseling Solutions, LLC.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training will be held on March 17, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Mental Health & Recovery Board Office, 225 North Barron Street. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Fee is $45, payable to PC Mental Health & Recovery Board. Register by email to: linda.calbeck@pcmhrb.org or call 937-456-6827.

You may also visit our website, www.pcmhrb.org and Facebook for more information and to register.

By Elizabeth Murphy

For The Register-Herald

Elizabeth is head of Community Development & Outreach for the Preble County Mental Health & Recovery Board.

Elizabeth is head of Community Development & Outreach for the Preble County Mental Health & Recovery Board.

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