As in many states, Delaware’s agriculture community is facing many stressors. People who are in a position to consult and help need to know what stress, addiction and/or mental health disorders look like. Farm family members also need to know how best to help their loved ones.
To help meet this need, Mental Health First Aid Training sessions have been scheduled in Dover and Newark, with a third session in Sussex County in the works.
By attending this training, you will be better prepared to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, you’ll learn concrete tools and answers to key questions, such as “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?”
The Mental Health First Aid training is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and outlines common ways to help and find support.
These eight-hour courses use interactive educational methods to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and will help you connect to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care.
The program teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use and others. The Mental Health First Aid training is an Evidence-based Program, which means that studies show it has been effective in meeting its desired outcomes.
A Certified Mental Health First Aid instructor from the Delaware Mental Health Association will conduct the training and provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to complement the course material.
The training is being underwritten from generous support from the Sustainable Coastal Communities project, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Mental Health Association. In Sussex County, Beebe Hospital is also providing support. A light lunch and snacks will be provided.
The first session will be held on March 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Department of Agriculture, 2320 S. Dupont Highway in Dover. The second will be held April 8, also from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the New Castle County Extension Office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark.
Seats are limited. Click here for registration form.