Mental Health First Aid, a 12-hour certification course over two days to help individuals and communities better understand mental health issues, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, at Post 53 at 0 Ledge Road, Darien.

The course is sponsored by the Human Services Planning Council of The Community Fund of Darien.

Mental Health First Aid is an interactive course 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. Like CPR training helps a nonmedical professional assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps an individual who doesn't have clinical training assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

To register or for information, contact Roy at 203-331-7458 or ladyroy@earthlink.net.

Participants will learn the prevalence of mental illnesses in the U.S., the potential warning signs of the most common mental health disorders, a five-step action plan to assist an individual in crisis and resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

Dawn Roy, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Fairfield, is the facilitator.

Seating is limited to the first 30 registrants. The fee is $100. Participants must attend both days in order to receive certification.

To register or for information, contact Roy at 203-331-7458 or ladyroy@earthlink.net.

Training is useful for primary care professionals; school personnel, nurses and educators; first responders and corrections officers; nursing home staff; employers, human resources professionals and business leaders; state policy makers; volunteers; and the general public.

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