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Your Views: Learn how to provide mental health first aid

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letter to the editor
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change has provided free youth mental health first aid classes for almost two years. During that time, trained first-aiders have provided support and referrals to more than 600 local youth. Any adult who interacts with youth can benefit from this class. If you could benefit from knowing how to recognize mental health challenges and how to support youth in crisis, please consider attending.

People who’ve taken the class say it gave them the knowledge they needed to respond to real-life situations. “I was able to ask a girl if she’s suicidal, and she was able to talk about feeling depressed but not suicidal. It opened up our communication,” one person said. Another reported, “I actually was involved with my granddaughter. Her story followed one of the stories a group worked on in training. I appreciated the knowledge given to me on a personal level.”

Register for upcoming classes at

JM4C.org or watch Facebook for links to upcoming classes.

SHARI FABER

Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change

project coordinator

 



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