Rim Country Health & Rehabilitation was honored to again host the Mental Health “First Aid” training on March 8. Twenty attendees completed the 8-hour certification.
Those committed to the training included: Payson Police Department, Gila Aging/Catholic Community Services, AccentCare, Powell Place, Payson Care Center, The Senior Center, Veterans Services Department, Pine emergency advocates and Sharon King Realty — professionals who, in most cases, are first on the scene or involved in personal care/services.
The day included a combination of full class interaction, and smaller group breakouts covered real life situational concerns and discussions. Session topics covered included issues and action plan; understanding depression, anxiety disorders; first aid for suicidal behavior and non-suicidal self injury; first aid for panic attacks.
Also covered were traumatic events; understanding disorders in which psychosis may occur; understanding substance abuse disorders; first aid for opioid overdose and for withdrawal; and using mental health “first aid.”
Many thanks to Ginger Fligger and Marla Pierce from the Gila County Area Agency on Aging (also known as Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens) for investing their time in the Rim Country community again. An announcement of future seminars will be posted as dates are finalized.