Mental Health First Aid Training for Pastors
Pastors in our region will have the opportunity to participate in Mental Health First Aid training on Monday, October 29.
This groundbreaking eight-hour training course gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance-use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.
Rev. Kathryn Palen, our region’s associate executive minister for elder care ministries, recently completed the certification process to offer this training. She also is qualified to teach the module on older adults and those with later-life issues.
The inaugural regional training event for pastors will take place from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in Meadowwood Conference Center on October 29. Thanks to significant financial support from the region’s elder care ministries, the registration fee will be only $25 per person.
One in five Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For pastors, colleagues, friends, and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.
Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training to assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a five-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.
To register for and/or receive additional information about this training, please contact Kathryn firstname.lastname@example.org or (401) 522-9731.
American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island
54 Exeter Road
54 Exeter Road