Mental Health First Aid training now offered in Spanish

SummitStone Health Partners is now offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training in Spanish. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a prevention program that teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges that are common among adolescents and young adults.

“I think that within the Latino community, mental health carries a larger stigma due to cultural perspectives,” said Jon Roman, MHFA instructor. “Factor this into a state that consistently reports one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and it’s obvious that we need to bring this class to our community.”

Mental Health First Aid is taught around the United States and the world. Research has shown that the training enhances behavioral health literacy, reduces stigma, increases knowledge of professional and self-help resources, increases participants' confidence helping in a crisis situation, and improves behavioral health of participants.

The free course will be held May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at SummitStone Health Partners, 114 Bristlecone Drive, Fort Collins. Registration is required at www.mhfaco.org under the “Find a Class” tab. Attendees will receive certification at the conclusion of the course.

SummitStone Health Partners offers Mental Health First Aid the first Monday of every month, alternating between the Youth and Adult certification courses. More information is available at www.summitstonehealth.org/resources/mental-health-first-aid/

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