The Shiawassee County Community Mental Health Authority (SCCMHA) is offering two Mental Health First Aid classes in August. A youth training, which is for adults who interact with youth, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10 at the SCCMHA headquarters, 1555 Industrial Dr. in Owosso. The cost for the class is $25, which includes a manual, certification, and lunch. Pre-registration is necessary prior to Aug. 9.

The training will demonstrate how initial help is given to a person showing symptoms of mental illness or is in a mental health crisis (severe depression, psychosis, panic attack, suicidal thoughts and behaviors) until appropriate professional or other help can be engaged, including peer and family support.

This eight-hour course prepares members of the community (family, school staff, clergy, 4-H leaders, Girl/Boy Scout leaders, and more) to provide Mental Health First Aid to youth in need. Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors Dadra Motroni and Penny Corbin will deliver the course.

Adult Mental Health First Aid training is also an eight-hour, in person training that teaches the average community member how to help adults in a mental health crisis or experiencing symptoms of mental illness. The class will be from 8:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15 in the Mitchell Auditorium at Memorial Healthcare, 926 W. King St. in Owosso. The cost of the class is $25, which includes a manual and certification.

During the training, participants will learn how to identify the different signs and symptoms of mental illnesses and how to connect to people to care. Certified Mental Health First Aid instructor Lindsay Baker will deliver the course.

Those wishing to attend can mail or deliver their payment to the Shiawassee County Community Mental Health Authority, 1555 Industrial Dr., Owosso, MI 48867. To learn more about the training, persons can call (989) 723-6791 or send an email to

SCCMHA Offers Mental Health First Aid Training was last modified: July 24th, 2017 by Karen Elford