September 11, 2018
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Mental Health First Aid and the Library Work Culture - 1 LEU
Presented by: Loren McClain, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Muncie Public Library
Description: We all know that mental health has a profound impact on our overall health and well-being. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid, (MHFA), helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis by teaching you to look for and understand the risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situation, and where to turn for help. While understanding signs and symptoms is a great starting point to understanding mental illness, recovery and resiliency - the belief those individuals experiencing these challenges, can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well - is the front runner when guiding people to get help. By understanding the prevalence of mental health issues library workers can develop and strengthen an appropriate and positive mental health work culture.
(No need to travel to the Indiana State Library, you can attend from the comfort of your own library!)
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