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CLM Offers Mental Health First Aid Training

Events page image 1If you encountered someone in emotional crisis—a co-worker, family member, neighbor or someone in the community— would you know what to do to help? CLM in Derry is offering a Mental Health First Aid training to help improve mental health literacy and help participants to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of mental illness or in a crisis and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course— human resource professionals, business owners, first responders, teachers, students, leaders in faith communities and any caring citizen.

The course will be co-facilitated by Celia Felsenberg, LICSW, CLM Director of Adult Services and Peter Reinertsen, LCMHC, CLM Director of Emergency Services, both certified Mental Health First Aid trainers. According to Felsenberg, "We are more likely to find someone in emotional distress rather than someone experiencing a heart attack, yet most people are not prepared to respond. Public health efforts have aimed to teach people CPR, the Heimlich or the use of 911 in emergencies, and now we have the Mental Health First Aid program for helping people recognize when a person is experiencing a mental health crisis and how best to respond. Anyone of us could face this scenario with a family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor or just someone you encounter in the community."

CLM will be offering the Mental Health First Aid course on Friday, November 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at CLM, 10 Tsienneto Road in Derry. The cost for the 8-hour certification program is $65, payable to Center for Life Management. Lunch, training materials, and CEU's are included.

In its pilot year, the Mental Health First Aid program was introduced in nearly 20 states and more than 40 communities nationwide. In July of 2014, several staff from Center for Life Management participated in NH's statewide "Train the Trainer" Mental Health First Aid Program, coordinated by the NH Behavioral Health Association in cooperation with the NH Bureau of Behavioral Health, where trainers earned certification from the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Pre-registration is required to attend the Mental Health First Aid course. For more information or to register, please contact Joyce Santos at (603) 965-0733 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here for Mental Health First Aid registration form.