Mental Health First Aid is an evidenced based adult public education program designed to improve participants' knowledge and modify their attitudes and perceptions about mental health and related issues, including how to respond to individuals who are experiencing one or more acute mental health crises (i.e., suicidal thoughts and/or behavior, acute stress reaction, panic attacks, and/or acute psychotic behavior) or are in the early stages of one or more chronic mental health problems (i.e., depressive, anxiety, and/or psychotic disorders, which may occur with substance abuse).
The intervention is delivered by a trained, certified instructor through an interactive 12-hour course, which can be completed in two 6-hour sessions or four 3-hour sessions. The course introduces participants to risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms for a range of mental health problems, including comorbidity with substance use disorders; builds participants' understanding of the impact and prevalence of mental health problems; and provides an overview of common support and treatment resources for those with a mental health problem. Participants also are taught a five-step action plan, known as ALGEE, for use when providing Mental Health First Aid to an individual in crisis:
Zepf Center provides this training free of charge to community members.
Integrated care is the coordination of general and behavioral health care needs in an effort to treat not just the body but the mind.
A video was compiled from all of the fun at the Zepf Center's recent Serve Up an Ace event!VIEW MORE
Where There is Life, There is Hope is a weekly family support meeting held every Tuesday from 6:00 - 7:00 pm at the Zepf Center's Ashland location. The official brochure can be found within.VIEW MORE
We would like to thank everyone who came out and helped make our 10th Annual Serve Up an Ace a success! Without your support, we could not make this event happen. Thank you to our sponsors!VIEW MORE