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.
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