Mental Health First Aid classes offered in Jefferson County
By Ashleigh Phillips, Aging Well Behavioral Health Chair ~
Aging sometimes has its challenges – for some people, the senior years are the best time of their lives. For others, the changes in getting older may be stressful. An individual may be experiencing health or financial problems, or are losing loved ones or their even their sense of independence. These kinds of experiences can be difficult and painful and lead to feelings of hopelessness. In some cases, having many stresses at once can lead to thoughts of suicide. When discussed, there is often an assumption that mental health problems are a “normal” aspect of aging and are an inevitable part of getting older – this is not true.
To increase education and awareness, Aging Well in Jefferson County, Centura and Jefferson Center have partnered to provide Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Older Adults classes. This 8-hour class is designed for those who interact with people over the age of 65 and want to better understand the unique mental health challenges that older adults experience. Participants learn about the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in older adults, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an older adult in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge and what to do in an emergency, and where to get help.
To learn more or to find a class: http://www.mhfaco.org/