Mental Health First Aid
ServingTogether, in conjunction with the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals, 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.
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