Caring Contact, a crisis hotline that serves Northern and Central New Jersey, will be offering Mental Health First Aid Training in Clark on May 21 and 28.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.

During the eight-hour course, individuals learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

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Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.

The eight-hour course is being offered in two four-hour sessions, on May 21 and 28 from 6 pm to 10 p.m. at Temple Beth Or, 111 Valley Road, Clark, NJ. Mental Health First Aid is listed on the National Suicide Prevention Registry of Evidence-Based Programs. Successful completion of the course includes a three-year Mental Health First Aid certification.

Caring Contact is offering the training for $75. To learn more or register, visit http://caringcontact.org/training-registration/ or call 908-301-1899.

Caring Contact is an award-winning, volunteer-staffed caring and crisis hotline providing active listening support and best-in-class education to the Central and Northern New Jersey community.

Caring Contact attentively and compassionately serves those in emotional distress and educate our communities about the power of personal connection. They are affiliated with CONTACT USA, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the American Association of Suicidology.

If you are in crisis and need someone to listen, call us at 908-232-2880. To learn more, visit www.caringcontact.org.

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