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Mental Health First Aid Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 22 - 1:30-3 p.m. - Central Texas Conference Service Center

Make plans to join the Smith Center for Evangelism, Missions & Church Growth, Texas Health Resources and local churches from the CTC from 1:30 - 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22 for a meeting to address both short- and long-term objectives of the Mental Health First Aid initiative (MHFA). Texas Health Resources will be on hand to identify the local churches in the CTC interested in capitalizing on the free MHMA classes currently funded by the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation. Classes typically run at least $100 per person, but are offered in the CTC free of charge thanks to the DFWHC grant. The meeting will take place in Laity Hall at the Central Texas Conference Service Center (3200 E. Rosedale, Fort Worth, 76105)

 

"Recognizing that true benefit will come from ongoing MHFA and related services that address mental health, the majority of our discussions will include long-term strategic planning,," said Katherine Hunter, CTC Mission Coordinator.  "We will share the vision of 'partnering with you for a lifetime of health and well-being' for the people in the communities we serve. Through a shared commitment, we are confident we will make a positive impact on the lives of those we serve" 

 

Mental Health First Aid is a program made available to rural north Texas communities through the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC). Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse in your community.

 

A Behavioral Health Community Assessment Report released in February by the Community Health Collaborative revealed a lack of behavioral healthcare in North Texas. The Community Health Collaborative announced a commitment earlier this year to train 10,000 lay persons over the next three years in Mental Health First Aid across 16 counties including Ellis, Erath, Denton, Hood, Johnson, Navarro, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise.
 
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that:
-     Introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems,
-     builds understanding of their impact and
-     overviews appropriate supports
 
An eight-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. 
 
The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.
 
Texas Health Resources’ department of Faith and Spirituality Integration is chartered to partner with faith communities where we share mission and goals. DFWHC received a grant from Texas Health Resources to partner with faith communities in implementing the Mental Health First Aid program in North Texas in 2019-2020. For information on Mental Health First Aid training in North Texas, please go to www.healthntexas.org and contact Mission Coordinator Katherine Hunter for more details.