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Dates to Mark on Your Calendar

August 20, 2018

Pastoral Interviews start-to see the schedule click HERE

September 23, 2018

Charge Conferences start-to see the schedule click HERE

October 1, 2018

South Central District Mental Health First Aid Training-Ottumwa First UMC in Ottumwa, IA

October 7, 2018

Bishop Laurie Haller will be on the South Central District at Knoxville, First UMC

South Central District Mental Health First Aid Training

Monday, October 1, 2018 at Ottumwa First UMC in Ottumwa, Iowa
202 E. 4th St
Ottumwa, IA 

Questions: Kathi Mitchell at kathimitchell1954@gmail.com

8:45am - Check In
9:00am to 1:00 - Session 1
1:00 to 1:30pm - Lunch (donation requested to the church for providing lunch, snacks and beverages)
1:30 to 5:00pm - Session 2

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What is Mental Health First Aid?

Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us know how to respond if we see someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of alcoholism or a suicide attempt.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.  

Note:Mental Health First Aid does not equip participants to be a trained mental health or substance abuse professional or remove the need for referral to a professional or emergency intervention. However, the hope of the IAUMC Mental Health Task Force is that this training will provide laity, clergy and community partners with the skills to begin having meaningful conversations in their communities and help identify signs that a person or their family is in need of assistance and the appropriate professional to refer to. 

Who Should Attend? 

Mental Health First Aiders are anyone who wants to make their community healthier, happier and safer for all. The IAUMC Mental Health Task Force and Bishop Laurie Haller encourage all clergy, laity and community partners who want to make a difference in mental health reform in Iowa to attend. Please note, the attendance to these events is limited to best allow for participant involvement, but as each session fills up in a district, the Mental Health Task Force will work on setting up more events in districts or at a local church's request. 


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