OSKALOOSA — Mahaska Health Partnership Behavioral Health Services will be offering Mental Health First Aid Training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14 in the Cedar Bluff Learning Center (entrance #3) on its campus.
“There are many types of mental illnesses people might experience at some point in their lives,” MHP Behavioral Health Director Jan LeBahn, LMSW, said. “Mental Health First Aid training will help all types of people from teachers to first responders and other medical professionals, faith leaders and the general public, learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and how to help.”
LeBahn said people suffering from mental illness are often lumped into one category of their diagnosis.
“For example, just because a person is suffering from depression doesn’t mean they should be treated as though they need cheering up. Everything depends on the type depression they have, such as postpartum, grief-induced, bipolar disorder or otherwise," LeBahn stressed. “There are many types of depression, and even though they show similar symptoms, afflicted people need to be treated individually. This is also true for people who have anxiety disorders, paranoia or eating disorders. Each of these disorders is very different and needs to be approached in a different manner, depending on the situation.”
The deadline to register is June 26. The cost of the class is $35, and six CEU’s will be offered. To register for Mental Health First Aid training or for more information, call 641-672-3159.