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Mental Health First Aid

ServingTogether, in conjunction with US Vets, is hosting a Mental Health First Aid: Military/Veterans workshop. This 8-hour workshop covers topics such as depression, anxiety, suicide, psychosis, substance abuse and more, especially how they relate to working with our military and veteran connected populations.

August 14, 2018
9:00 am – 5:00pm

Location: US Vets: 111 K St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

Cost: This workshop is provided free of charge thanks in part to our generous donors.

Parking: Parking is available one block away for $8.00. Do not park across the street.

Metro:  US Vets is located less than a 10-minute walk from both NoMa Gallaudet Metro Station and Union Metro Station on the Red Line.

Space is limited to 30 registrations on a first-come basis.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Military Mental Health First Aid

While military service often fosters resilience in individuals and families, some service members may experience mental health or substance use challenges. Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health con­dition requiring treatment – approximately 730,000 men and women, with many experiencing post-trau­matic stress disorder and major depression. Sadly, less than 50 percent of returning veterans in need receive any mental health treatment. The Veterans Administration reports that approximately 20 veterans die by suicide every day.

Individuals trained in Mental Health First Aid can help to:

  • Break down the stigma associated with mental illness like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders
  • Reach out to those who suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help
  • Let veterans know that support is available in their community
  • Provide community resource information
  • Make mental healthcare and treatment accessible to thousands in need

What you learn:

  • Key components of the module for military members, veterans and their families include:
  • A discussion of military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health
  • A discussion of the specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families such as trauma, both mental and physical, stress, separation, etc.
  • Applying the ALGEE action plan in a number of scenarios designed specifically for service members, their families and those that support them
  • A review of common mental health resources for service members, their families and those who support them