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People and Information Network to offer 'mental health first aid' training

Program aims to provide participants skills to engage someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis
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"One in five Canadians will be living with a mental health problem this year.’ - Mental Health Commission of Canada. Locally in Guelph Wellington, that would equate to over 40,000 people in our community. PIN, The People and Information Network is pleased to offer a two-day ‘Mental Health First Aid’ training in support of the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin.

Mental Health First Aid basic training is a 12-hour evidence-based course that gives participants the confidence and skills to engage someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. In addition, this training offers greater recognition of mental health problems, breaks knowledge barriers and decreases stigma.

“Our Community Information program was born many years ago through the United Way,” says Christine Oldfield, executive director, “and with their financial support, we are able to continue to offer accurate, vetted information on essential human services for residents in Guelph and Wellington County, including mental health. By offering this training, where all proceeds are provided to United Way, we believe it honours that relationship and contributes to their fundraising campaign.”

Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces; an integral training to support the resiliency of our community.

When: Friday, Nov. 23 and 30, 2018
Where: Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $150 includes lunch and a certificate upon completion