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Memorial Behavioral Health Will Host Two Mental Health First Aid Sessions

Memorial Behavioral Health will host two opportunities for the public to receive training to learn how to identify and respond to people showing signs of mental illness and substance abuse.

One session of Mental Health First Aid will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 Wabash Ave., Springfield.

Another session will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 200 Stahlhut Drive, Lincoln.

The cost is $16.95, which provides the training manuals for each session.

“Most people know how to recognize and appropriately react to medical emergencies, but there is little knowledge in the general public about what to do in a mental health crisis,” said Jan Gambach, president of Memorial Behavioral Health, an affiliate of Memorial Health System. "This session will provide people in our community with the resources they need to know how to respond."

Mental Health First Aid teaches signs of addictions and mental illnesses, a five-step action plan to assess a situation and help, the impact of mental and substance use disorders, and local resources and where to turn for help.

For more information, contact Heather Sweet at 217-588-7804 or sweet.heather@mhsil.com.

Online registration is required. To register, visit MemorialBehavioralHealth.org.

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