BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Somerset Hills YMCA, a branch of Somerset County YMCA, will hold trainings to help educate and support the community regarding metal health. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings present the risk factors and warning signs of mental health illnesses and educates participants on the proper steps to take to support a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Youth MHFA training, held on November 13 and 20 from 1:00 – 5:00pm, focuses on challenges common among adolescents, while Adult MHFA training, held on December 4 and 11 from 1:00 – 5:00pm, focuses on challenges common among adults. Both trainings will be held at Somerset Hills YMCA at 140 Mount Airy Road in Basking Ridge.

The Y’s mission, as a cause-driven community organization, is to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to grow in spirit, mind, and body. Taking a holistic approach to wellness, Somerset County YMCA recognizes the importance of overall well-being for each individual, which can lead to a healthier community.

“Wellness is essential to living a full and productive life,” said Lynne Applebaum, Senior Director of Wellness at Somerset Hills YMCA. “We may have different ideas about what wellness means, but it is more than the absence of disease. It involves complete general, mental and social well-being. Mental health is an essential component of our overall well-being. It is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health. “

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One in four Americans will face mental illness this year, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness.

“Through the MHFA training initiative, we hope to diminish the stigma associated with mental illness, to raise awareness of mental health, and to connect community members with mental health resources,” commented David M. Carcieri, President and CEO of Somerset County YMCA. “To that end, the Y has taken deliberate steps to become a leader in community education for the importance of overall mental health.”


Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that trains participants on a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The course has benefited a variety of audiences and key professions, including: primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, young people, families and the general public.


The training sessions are open to the all in the community and cost $50. Designated training sessions are also available for schools, organizations and/or companies.


To register for Mental Health First Aid training, visit For more information, please contact Lynne Applebaum at

About Somerset County YMCA

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At Somerset County YMCA, we believe everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For information about Somerset County YMCA and financial assistance, visit us at