Royersford residents invited to take a stand for mental health

July 15, 2017 by  

Mental illness affects many people in the community, and a Royersford event will equip those who take part with an assortment of skills and tools they can use to be a mental health first aid provider.

The workshop will teach those who participate how to recognize the signs and symptoms that someone is experiencing a crisis and what they can do to provide support and other help. They will not be taught how to be a counselor, but rather they will discover the different sorts of supports, such as friends, peers, family, service organizations, and professionals that exist in the community, and also how to put someone in touch with them.

This mental health first aid course is approximately eight hours long, and it will be open to anyone. The organizers noted that it may be especially helpful to first responders, educators, parents, students and anyone else who wants to know about what they can do to support good mental health. In some cases, having this skill set may even save a life. A local printing services provider can supply bound copies of course materials for a function like this.

The course will be held in Royersford at the Spring Valley YMCA, which is located at 19 W. Linfield Road on September 21. A limited number of spaces are available in this free workshop, so anyone who is interested may wish to register early to secure their spot.