Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is offering Mental Health First Aid trainings to the Portland community during May for Mental Health Awareness Month.
The daylong course teaches attendees how to identify the signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in adults, provide initial support to those who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, and connect them with resources or appropriate care. Separate trainings are offered for adults who interact with youth ages 12 to 18.
Cascadia’s Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings will be held Friday, May 3 and Friday, May 17; Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings are Friday, May 10 and Friday, May 31. All trainings are held at our Garlington Health Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each session costs $20, with lunch provided.
The training is nonclinical and no previous experience in the mental health field is required. To register or for more information, visit https://www.cascadiabhc.org/community-events/
Since January 2018, Cascadia has trained over 400 community members in Mental Health First Aid. The nonprofit has partnered with Portland State University, Human Solutions, Impact NW and other organizations to train employees, students, and staff.
Cascadia is committed to raising awareness of mental health, breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness and teaching the community how to help those in crisis as part of the organization’s goal to provide whole health care for all.