The Mental Health First Aid Collaborative was formed in April of 2014 through the unified efforts of the McLean County Health Department; McLean County Center for Human Services; Central Illinois Area Health Education Center, Illinois State University; Women to Women Giving Circle of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation; Advocate BroMenn Medical Center; and, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. This collaborative group hosts Mental Health First Aid training throughout the county.
Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based, eight-hour training course developed in Australia that is designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Since the Mental Health First Aid Collaborative introduced Mental Health First Aid training in 2014, nearly 1,800 people have been trained to better understand, recognize, and react to individuals experiencing mental health crises. Mental Health First Aid is a solid population-based approach to the identification and management of mental illness.
To learn more about Mental Health First Aid training classes, or for information about becoming a trainer, call (309) 888-5539.