Clermont Library offers free mental health training sessions

With CPR training, you can help a person suffering a heart attack, but do you know how to assist someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse challenge? Do you know how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis?

The Clermont County Public Library is offering free Mental Health First Aid Training to help citizens better understand how to assist someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations. You will learn the risk factors and warning signs, strategies for how to help and where to turn for assistance.

This free training is 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

• For helping youth, Thursday, March 12, at the Goshen Library, 6678 Ohio 132

• For helping youth, Wednesday, May 6, at the Union Township Library, 4450 Glen Este-Withamsville Road

• For helping adults, Thursday, June 4, at the Miami Township Library, 5920 Buckwheat Road

To register, go to clermontlibrary.org and click on the Mental Health Training icon on the homepage.

The Library also is offering free QPR training. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. It is a program that helps save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

Go to clermontlibrary.org and click on the Mental Health Training icon on the homepage to register for a session.

• Monday, March 2, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Miami Township Library, 5920 Buckwheat Road

• Monday, April 6, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Union Township Library, 4450 Glen Este-Withamsville Road

• Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Union Township Library, 4450 Glen Este-Withamsville Road

• Monday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Amelia Library, 58 Maple St.

Class sizes are limited. Participants must be 18 or older. Everyone will receive a manual to supplement class content. A 30-minute lunch break will be provided for the Mental Health First Aid Training. Packed lunches are encouraged.

The training will be taught by Mary Makley Wolff, director of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County. Learn more about Mental Health First Aid Training at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. Learn more about QPR at https://qprinstitute.com/.

A grant from the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board provided the funding for these free trainings.

For more information, visit clermontlibrary.org or call one of the libraries hosting a training session.

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