Mental Health First Aid Course Being Offered to Kent State Students, Faculty and Staff
Project AWARE Kent, a new three-year program at Kent State University, is an initiative to raise awareness about mental health and substance abuse disorders. Project AWARE Kent will be offering Mental Health First Aid courses to Kent State students, faculty and staff in an effort to create a network of people at Kent State who will know how to respond to and are aware of mental health and substance abuse disorders. The course is an evidence-based training that teaches people to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The two-day (four hours each day) course is free, and student participants earn 1,500 FLASHperks for completing the course.
What will I learn?
- Risk factors and signs of addictions and mental illness
- Information about and impact of mental and substance use disorders
- Five-step action plan to assess a situation and help
- Local resources and where to turn for help
Mental Health First Aid courses being offered spring 2016:
- March 4 and March 11: 1:30-5:30 p.m.
- April 1 and April 8: 1:30-5:30 p.m.
- April 9 and April 16: 1-5 p.m.
- April 21 and April 28: 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Why become a Mental Health First Aider?
- Be prepared - when a mental health crisis happens
- You can help - people with mental illnesses often suffer alone
- You care - be there for a friend, family member or colleague
- Mental illnesses are common - 1 in 5 adults in any given year