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Mental Health First Aid courses available in Kings County

Laurel Taylor of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Kings County Branch regularly instructs a course on Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth (MHFA-Y).
Laurel Taylor of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Kings County Branch regularly instructs a course on Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth (MHFA-Y).

KINGS COUNTY - It’s time to talk about Mental Health First Aid.

Laurel Taylor of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Kings County Branch regularly instructs a course on Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth (MHFA-Y).

“It’s really about learning how to listen to people and not be judgmental, and to learn how to help in a constructive way,” said Taylor.

“When you know better, you do better.”

MHFA-Y sessions involve 14 hours of instruction and added components about eating disorders and self harm that are not included in the 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course.

“Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received, or until the crisis is resolved,” said Taylor.

Both courses, Taylor stressed, would be beneficial to everyone and anyone.

“It’s opening that dialogue and conversation and talking about what’s really going on inside,” she said.

“We talk about how to listen to someone and really hear what they have to say.”
Words can be a powerful tool when used effectively, Taylor said.

“It’s as important to know what not to say as it is what to say,” she explained, citing “get over it,” “move on,” and “what do you have to be upset about” as phrases to avoid.

“You learn the language of mental health and what resources we have.”

The course teaches participants how to assess situations, look for key signs and offer support.

“We also talk about suicide and how to approach that conversation because we  know that historically it wasn’t talked about, and now we know that it’s very important to talk about,” said Taylor.  

To learn more about the Mental Health First Aid workshops, contact Taylor directly at mentalhealthfirstaid@cmhakings.ns.ca.

 

Need help now?

- In the event of a medical emergency call 911.

- Crisis Response Services (CRS) for Annapolis and Kings counties (available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday) can be reached at 1-855-273-7110.

- Dial 1-866-429-8167 for the 24-hour Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis Line.

- Call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.

Laurel Taylor of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Kings County Branch regularly instructs a course on Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth (MHFA-Y).

“It’s really about learning how to listen to people and not be judgmental, and to learn how to help in a constructive way,” said Taylor.

“When you know better, you do better.”

MHFA-Y sessions involve 14 hours of instruction and added components about eating disorders and self harm that are not included in the 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course.

“Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received, or until the crisis is resolved,” said Taylor.

Both courses, Taylor stressed, would be beneficial to everyone and anyone.

“It’s opening that dialogue and conversation and talking about what’s really going on inside,” she said.

“We talk about how to listen to someone and really hear what they have to say.”
Words can be a powerful tool when used effectively, Taylor said.

“It’s as important to know what not to say as it is what to say,” she explained, citing “get over it,” “move on,” and “what do you have to be upset about” as phrases to avoid.

“You learn the language of mental health and what resources we have.”

The course teaches participants how to assess situations, look for key signs and offer support.

“We also talk about suicide and how to approach that conversation because we  know that historically it wasn’t talked about, and now we know that it’s very important to talk about,” said Taylor.  

To learn more about the Mental Health First Aid workshops, contact Taylor directly at mentalhealthfirstaid@cmhakings.ns.ca.

 

Need help now?

- In the event of a medical emergency call 911.

- Crisis Response Services (CRS) for Annapolis and Kings counties (available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday) can be reached at 1-855-273-7110.

- Dial 1-866-429-8167 for the 24-hour Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis Line.

- Call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.

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