~ Fall Class Schedules ~

ADULT MHFA CLASS

Adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

WHAT IS ADULT MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?

An 8-hour training that was developed because mental health diagnoses — such as depression, anxiety, impulse control and misuse of alcohol and other drugs — are shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than 1 in 4 American adults will have a mental health problem in a year. The National Council on Community Behavioral Healthcare has begun working with communities throughout the nation, including McHenry County Mental Health Board, to implement MHFA to equip the public with skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

WHO CAN TAKE THE TRAINING?

This training is targeted for individuals (18 years or older) interested in learning ways to assist individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and is open to the general community. The clinical and qualitative evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps the public better identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness, thus improving outcomes for individuals experiencing these illnesses. The course is taught by two trained Mental Health First Aid facilitators.

If your organization or business would be interested in hosting this evidenced-based class, contact Phyllis Seyler for details!

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VETERAN MHFA CLASS

For some members of the military, the battle doesn’t end when they leave the battlefield. Mental Health First Aid for Military Members, Veterans and their Families teaches people how to notice and respond to signs of mental health and addiction challenges with a specific focus on the cultural factors related to military life. This 8-hour evidence-based training addresses common mental health concerns encountered by veterans, military members and their families. Teaches strategies for family members, friends and comrades to create an environment that encourages open dialogue about mental health and offers self-help strategies to stay mentally well and suggests useful resources where someone can get professional help.

WHO CAN TAKE THE TRAINING?

  • Military members
  • Veterans
  • Families and friends of military members or veterans

WHAT IT COVERS

  • A discussion of military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health.
  • A discussion of the specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families such as mental and physical trauma, stress, separation, etc.
  • How to break down the stigma associated with substance use disorders and mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and more.
  • How to reach out to those who suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help.
  • Community resource information and support

Saturday ~ November 16th

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Main Stay Therapeutic Farm
6919 Keystone Road
Richmond, IL

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Snacks and lunch provided
  • Course Fee – NO Cost
  • All attendees receive a certificate for completing the 8-hour course

HOW TO REGISTER

~ ONLY 30 Spots Available ~

If your organization or business would be interested in hosting this evidenced-based class, contact Phyllis Seyler for details!

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YOUTH MHFA CLASS

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

WHO CAN TAKE THE TRAINING?

This training is targeted for individuals (18 years or older) interested in learning ways to assist youth experiencing a mental health crisis and is open to the general community. The clinical and qualitative evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps the public better identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness, thus improving outcomes for individuals experiencing these illnesses. The course is taught by two trained Mental Health First Aid facilitators.

Saturday ~ November 23rd

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Mental Health Board
620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, IL
(Back building, Conference Room E/F)

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Snacks and lunch provided
  • Course Fee – NO Cost
  • All attendees receive a certificate for completing the 8-hour course

HOW TO REGISTER

~ ONLY 30 Spots Available ~

If your organization or business would be interested in hosting this evidenced-based class, contact Phyllis Seyler for details!

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LAW ENFORCEMENT MHFA CLASS

Law Enforcement Mental Health First Aid courses for first responders – free, 8-hour class. Participants in the class will receive an extensive manual outlining common mental health diagnoses, and ways first responders can assist people experiencing a mental health crisis. This module is specific to first responders, and covers topics including: Statistical information for mental illness, individual wellness and resiliency, depression and anxiety signs and symptoms, PTSD signs and symptoms, psychosis, and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid courses for first responders – free, 8-hour class. Participants in the class will receive an extensive manual outlining common mental health diagnoses, and ways first responders can assist people experiencing a mental health crisis. This module is specific to first responders, and covers topics including: Statistical information for mental illness, individual wellness and resiliency, depression and anxiety signs and symptoms, PTSD signs and symptoms, psychosis, and substance use disorders.

WHO CAN TAKE THE TRAINING? WHO CAN TAKE THE TRAINING?

This training is targeted for First Responders (ONLY) to be trained to assist individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The clinical and qualitative evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps the First Responders better identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness, thus improving outcomes for individuals experiencing these illnesses. The course is taught by two trained Mental Health First Aid facilitators. This training is targeted for First Responders (ONLY) to be trained to assist individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The clinical and qualitative evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps the First Responders better identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness, thus improving outcomes for individuals experiencing these illnesses. The course is taught by two trained Mental Health First Aid facilitators.

*Due to the funding for this course being McHenry County-Based, at least 50% of registrants must be employed by a McHenry County agency.

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COMMUNITY WRAP CLASS

 

 

WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN

PROMOTING RECOVERY, FINDING POSSIBILITIES AND CREATING WELLNESS WITH WRAP

  • Develop a comprehensive, personalized and strength-based WRAP plan to help you achieve your recovery goals
  • Manage symptoms yourself / maintaining a healthy well-being
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Courses are FREE
  • Taught by trained WRAP facilitators
  • For individuals affected by mental illness & who are over the age of 18

Are you interested? Here’s what you need to know:

  • An eight (8) week commitment
  • A personal manual for wellness
  • Can be used for many facets of life

Look for another to come in Spring 2020

To Register contact: dbuss@namimchenrycounty.org or 815.308.0853

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CAREGIVER WRAP

For those caring for a loved one with a mental health diagnosis.

  • Develop a comprehensive, personalized and strength-based WRAP plan to help you achieve your wellness goals
  • Manage anxiety yourself
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Courses are FREE
  • Taught by trained WRAP facilitators
  • For caregivers of individuals living with mental illness who are over the age of 18

An eight (8) week commitment with a personal manual for wellness that can be used for many facets of life!

Look for another to come in Spring 2020

To get on the list contact: tkaraway@namimchenrycounty.org or 815.308.0854

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FAMILY-TO-FAMILY CLASS

What is NAMI Family-to-Family? A FREE, 12-session course for family, partners, friends and significant others of people living with mental illness. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with a mental health condition. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. It is designed to help Adult family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while learning to maintain their own well-being.

Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing!  Here’s what two participants had to say…

“This course overall was the single most, without a doubt, helpful and informative thing ever offered in all my years searching for answers… It has helped me to understand better and communicate more effectively with my brother.”

“The course has helped me to realize that my son is still inside the body that is often times hidden by the mental illness and that I am not alone in this.”

If you are interested in taking this educational course – Call TODAY to get your name on the list!

Look for another to come in Spring 2020

To Register contact: tkaraway@namimchenrycounty.org or 815.308.0854

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