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LCS offers free Mental Health First Aid courses locally to help reach national goal of 1 million people trained

jp001 Maybe you know what to do if a child gets a cut or a friend chokes on a piece of food. First Aid basics are taught in many places. But what do you do if you suspect someone is battling depression, addiction or anxiety? Would you know what to say to someone contemplating suicide? 
This is where Mental Health First Aid training steps in. Last year, Lake County Schools received a $100,000 grant to administer the training across the district and throughout the county as a whole free to all participants. Experts in our Student Services Department are leading the courses and, possibly, helping to save lives.
This week, Feb. 1-5, Lake County Schools is observing Student Services Week, focusing attention on the student services programs that address the educational, social, and health/wellness needs of all students. Mental Health First Aid training is one of the many ways we help meet those needs. 
The eight-hour course teaches people how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or jp002 experiencing a mental health crisis. It is part of a nationwide effort to get 1 million people trained around the country. The campaign is called “Be 1 in a Million.” So far, Lake County Schools has trained 288 people.
“With one in four Americans experiencing a mental health or addiction disorder each year, the National Council is committed to making this important training as common as CPR,” said Susan Blue, National Council board chair and president and CEO of Community Services Group.
If you’d like to “Be 1 in a Million” and become a trained Mental Health First Aider, contact Dr. Kristine Hawkins at 352-742-6920. Or you can schedule a free training at your place of worship, workplace, neighborhood community center, or other location for any group of 10 to 30 people. 
Free training is offered on the following dates at the Student Services building in Howey-in-the-Hills, but teams are willing to travel. To sign up for a course on one of the dates listed below or to schedule your own for a group of 10 to 30 people, contact Dr. Kristine Hawkins at 352-742-6920.
• Feb. 8
• Feb. 26
• March 11
• March 31
• April 8
• April 22
• May 1