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Mental Health First Aid for Senior Care Providers at the West Essex YMCA

Date: Monday & Tuesday, April 13th & 14th 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM (two-day training)
Where: West Essex YMCA, 321 South Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039
Fee: $50 per attendee (includes course, materials, lunch)
Facilitators: Lucille Deutsch, CALA, CMC & Marissa Ferrito, BA

Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Substance Abuse
  • Risk of Suicide or Self Harm

and connect your clients or family members to the help they need!

Any one of the seniors you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis.
You can help them.

If you are involved in providing care to any senior, you are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than you are to encounter someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.

Sometimes, the best first aid is you.
Take this course, save a life, strengthen our community!

This 8-hour course is offered in partnership between the Mental Health Association of Morris County and LHD Eldercare Solutions, and is generously funded by a grant from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest. Attendees will be certified in Mental Health First Aid for a period of three years from date of attendance.

Marissa Ferrito and Lucy Deutsch have been teaching this course together for less than a year but have had major success in the senior care community. Teaching five courses for caregivers, case managers, nurses, and more, the feedback they have received has been overwhelming positive. Some examples from the most recent training Marissa and Lucy taught on March 16th and 17th at the Mental Health Association of Morris County:

“This course explained to me a lot of mental health issues I had never been exposed to and also I had a chance to relate to some that I didn’t know I had experienced in the past.”

“The course covered more than I expected and the manual is very informative – a book that I will reuse over and over.”

“As a nurse I learned a lot of this previously but it was a good refresher. Also made me think of things differently.”

Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

If you are interested in registering, please contact Marissa Ferrito at mferrito@mhamorris.org or (973) 334-3496, ext. 108

Registration Form (click to open)

LAST CALL! Mental Health First Aid Training – Senior Focus – March 16th & 17th

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis. This particular training is being offered to professionals and caregivers who work with the elderly population. Home health care providers – nurses, aides, social workers – are more likely to encounter someone they are caring for in an emotional or mental crisis than they are to encounter someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.

This 8-hour course is offered in partnership between the Mental Health Association of Morris County and LHD Eldercare Solutions, and is generously funded by the Grotta Fund for Senior Care. Attendees will be certified in Mental Health First Aid for a period of three years from date of attendance.

Tuesday, March 16th & Wednesday, March 17th 2015
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Mental Health Association of Morris County
$50
Lunch Included

At the bottom of this post you will find the registration form.
Registration is due Monday, March 9th 2015.
Payment is due with registration.

You might be thinking, Why? The reality is that mental health problems are common; approximately 1 in 5 US adults will experience a mental health problem each year. You or someone you know has probably had to deal with a mental health problem at some point. You don’t hear about mental illness the same way that you hear about physical illnesses because of one huge reason: stigma.

There is a negative stigma is associated with mental health problems. People who do not understand mental illness treat those who are dealing with it differently and often believe that it is a character flaw instead of a disease. This stigma prevents a lot of people from seeking help due to embarrassment. Education can help reduce the stigma and in turn, encourage more people to seek the treatment they may need.

Another reason to be trained is because professional help is not always readily available. Depending on where you live or what the resources are, immediate psychiatric care is not always on hand. The same way that Medical First Aid and CPR help prepare you for a potential physical health crisis, MHFA prepares you for a mental health crisis. Many people do not know how to respond to a mental health problem, and this course can help with that.

Sometimes, the best first aid is you.

Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.

MHFA-Flyer-Senior-Care-Providers-March-16-and-17-2015.pdf

Save the Date! Friday, May 1st – Send Silence Packing at the Morristown Green

Send Silence Packing is a program of Active Minds Inc., the leading national nonprofit organization working to engage students in the conversation about mental health. The powerful outdoor exhibit of 1,100 donated backpacks sheds light on college student suicide and promotes a healthy dialogue around mental health. To give a “face” to the lives lost, personal stories and testimonies written by families and friends accompany the backpacks. Passersby will be invited to walk among the backpacks and read the stories of those who have died. In addition, Active Minds will hand out literature on mental health, suicide prevention and where to seek help. Active Minds was established in 2003 by Alison Malmon – then a junior at the University of Pennsylvania – after tragically losing her only brother, 22-year-old Brian Malmon, to suicide.

“For over 10 years, Active Minds has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about mental health and combat the stigma surrounding it, but our work is never over,” said Malmon, now the executive director of Active Minds, Inc. “I’m particularly proud of Send Silence Packing, a powerful visual that really shows how serious of an issue this is on our college campuses.”

Friday, May 1st 2015
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Morristown Green
Hosted by the Mental Health Association of Morris County

The Mental Health Association of Morris County is happy to be hosting Send Silence Packing at the Morristown Green on Friday, May 1st 2015. Educating the public on mental health and suicide prevention is a passion of our agency and is a central focus of the Self-Help, Advocacy, and Education department. Accessing the community through a public event like this allows us to educate a large number of people at once about the reality of mental illness and what people can do about it. Join us for this symbolic and powerful event!

Where do the backpacks come from?

Active Minds Inc. has collected and continues to collect backpacks and personal stories in memory or in honor of loved ones impacted by suicide.  By displaying backpacks with personal stories, Send Silence Packing puts a “face” to lives lost to suicide and carries the message that preventing suicide is not just about improving statistics, but also about saving the lives of daughters, sons, brothers, sisters and friends across the nation.  Contributions serve as a meaningful outlet for survivors’ grief as well as a powerful way to raise awareness and work towards suicide prevention.

How effective is the display?

Since the inaugural display in 2008 on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Send Silence Packing has traveled to more than 70 cities in states across the country. Program evaluation data reveals that individuals leave the display wanting to learn more about mental health. Ninety-one percent of survey respondents rate the display as powerful or very powerful and 83 percent report that it is educational. Our evaluations also show that the majority of visitors tell three or more people about Send Silence Packing and many reach out to a friend in need or seek help for themselves as a result of seeing the program.

About Active Minds, Inc.
Active Minds is the young adult voice in mental health advocacy. By supporting a rapidly growing network of
hundreds of student-led chapters at colleges and universities, Active Minds empowers students to speak openly
about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. Active Minds is a national
nonprofit headquartered in Washington D.C.

For more information visit: www.ActiveMinds.org

Mental Health First Aid Training – Senior Focus – March 16th & 17th 2015!

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis. This particular training is being offered to professionals and caregivers who work with the elderly population. Home health care providers – nurses, aides, social workers – are more likely to encounter someone they are caring for in an emotional or mental crisis than they are to encounter someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.

This 8-hour course is offered in partnership between the Mental Health Association of Morris County and LHD Eldercare Solutions, and is generously funded by the Grotta Fund for Senior Care. Attendees will be certified in Mental Health First Aid for a period of three years from date of attendance.

Tuesday, March 16th & Wednesday, March 17th 2015
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Mental Health Association of Morris County
$50
Lunch Included

At the bottom of this post you will find the registration form.
Registration is due Monday, March 9th 2015.
Payment is due with registration.

You might be thinking, Why? The reality is that mental health problems are common; approximately 1 in 5 US adults will experience a mental health problem each year. You or someone you know has probably had to deal with a mental health problem at some point. You don’t hear about mental illness the same way that you hear about physical illnesses because of one huge reason: stigma.

There is a negative stigma is associated with mental health problems. People who do not understand mental illness treat those who are dealing with it differently and often believe that it is a character flaw instead of a disease. This stigma prevents a lot of people from seeking help due to embarrassment. Education can help reduce the stigma and in turn, encourage more people to seek the treatment they may need.

Another reason to be trained is because professional help is not always readily available. Depending on where you live or what the resources are, immediate psychiatric care is not always on hand. The same way that Medical First Aid and CPR help prepare you for a potential physical health crisis, MHFA prepares you for a mental health crisis. Many people do not know how to respond to a mental health problem, and this course can help with that.

Sometimes, the best first aid is you.

Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.

Registration Form (form will be available soon)

If you are interested, please contact Marissa Ferrito at mferrito@mhamorris.org to pre-register until the official form is available. 

Another Successful Mental Health First Aid Training for Senior Care Providers!

On Tuesday, February 17th the Mental Health Association of Morris County in coordination with LHD Eldercare Solutions hosted an eight hour training course in Mental Health First Aid, focusing on senior citizens. The course was offered to senior care providers and was a fantastic success. Taught by certified instructors Marissa Ferrito and Lucille Deutsch, participants learned basic information about mental illnesses including signs & symptoms, warning signs, risk factors, and how to intervene if someone is experiencing any mental health problem.

This course was generously funded by the Grotta Fund for Senior Care. The class was a huge success and people have commented on how informative the course is. At the end of the training participants received a certificate valid for three years and workbook with all of the information they learned and more, including references from all statistics mentioned and national resources dispersed throughout the book.

Congratulations to all the hard working individuals now certified as Mental Health First Aiders!

Some anonymous reactions after participating in the course:

“Excellent, it achieved its objectives and I felt like it was given in accordance with our society and with the world we live in.”

“I really like the way the course is structured for each topic. I enjoyed learning about ALGEE.”

“[A strength of the course is] dealing with biases regarding mental health and substance abuse”

Interested in taking the course? We will be offering it again soon! Have any questions? Call Lucille Deutsch, LHD Eldercare Solutions, at (973) 267-3616.

Thank You! Donations Received to our Educational Assistance Fund!

What a wonderful way to start the new year of 2015! We at the Mental Health Association of Morris County want to give a huge thank you to the First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon and to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Mountain Lakes for helping us provide educational assistance to clients again this year! We have received $2,800 from the First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon and $500 from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Mountain Lakes. This money provides hope and an opportunity to success that may have previously seemed shut off to some of our mental health consumers.

The onset of mental illness can be such a detriment to those afflicted that many are never again in a position to fulfill educational and vocational goals and dreams. The Educational Assistance Fund allows consumers of mental health services, who are eligible, to receive an Educational Certificate value up to $1,000 each. This fund allows people to hit un-pause on their education and provides a sense of empowerment that cannot be understated. Giving a person the opportunity to take control of their life again is an incredible privilege, and we are extremely grateful to be capable of that.

We are incredibly excited to be able to provide these opportunities for more consumers thanks to these generous donations! For more information about the Educational Assistance Fund, contact Marissa Ferrito at 973-334-3496 ext. 108.

Project Homeless Connect & Point in Time Count POSTPONED

Due to the severity of the storm expected to hit this area tonight and tomorrow, Project Homeless Connect has been postponed. A new date has not yet been determined, but that information will be made readily available once it has been scheduled. The Point in Time Count has also been postponed and the new date is to be determined.

Thank you for your understanding and stay safe!

Mental Health First Aid Training – Senior Focus – February 17th 2015

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis. This particular training is being offered to professionals and caregivers who work with the elderly population. Home health care providers – nurses, aides, social workers – are more likely to encounter someone they are caring for in an emotional or mental crisis than they are to encounter someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.

This 8-hour course is offered in partnership between the Mental Health Association of Morris County and LHD Eldercare Solutions, and is generously funded by the Grotta Fund for Senior Care. Attendees will be certified in Mental Health First Aid for a period of three years from date of attendance.

Tuesday, February 17th 2015
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Mental Health Association of Morris County
$50
Lunch Included

At the bottom of this post you will find the registration form. Registration is due Tuesday, February 10th 2015. Payment is due with registration.

You might be thinking, Why? The reality is that mental health problems are common; approximately 1 in 5 US adults will experience a mental health problem each year. You or someone you know has probably had to deal with a mental health problem at some point. You don’t hear about mental illness the same way that you hear about physical illnesses because of one huge reason: stigma.

There is a negative stigma is associated with mental health problems. People who do not understand mental illness treat those who are dealing with it differently and often believe that it is a character flaw instead of a disease. This stigma prevents a lot of people from seeking help due to embarrassment. Education can help reduce the stigma and in turn, encourage more people to seek the treatment they may need.

Another reason to be trained is because professional help is not always readily available. Depending on where you live or what the resources are, immediate psychiatric care is not always on hand. The same way that Medical First Aid and CPR help prepare you for a potential physical health crisis, MHFA prepares you for a mental health crisis. Many people do not know how to respond to a mental health problem, and this course can help with that.

Sometimes, the best first aid is you.

Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.

Registration Form (click to open)

Happy New Year from the Mental Health Association of Morris County!

As we come to the end of 2014, we at the Mental Health Association of Morris County would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! We hope 2014 was full of happiness and fulfillment and that 2015 is even better!

This is the time of year where people start making resolutions for personal improvement, home projects, and more. I would like to propose a challenge to you all for this year’s resolution. Resolve to assist in the fight against the stigma of mental illness.

If you hear people making remarks belittling mental illness as a disease or saying phrases such as “I’m so OCD” or “He’s so schizo,” try to correct people. These are clinical terms brought into common language in a discriminating manner. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Schizophrenia are real diseases that many people in this country need to work through daily. People should be sensitive to how this language isolates people and puts a negative turn on these diseases by attributing them with unpleasant behaviors.

Additionally, there are still an unfortunately large number of people who believe that mental illness is not a real disease. People treat depression and anxiety like they are bouts of laziness or a lack of motivation. Mental illnesses should be treated exactly like medical illnesses, but our culture still doesn’t count them as such.

In 2015 I hope to hear less people telling family members with depression to “pull themselves together” and “just get out of the bed and do something.” I hope to hear less people with anxiety being told to “just suck it up and take a chance” or to “stop worrying so much about nothing.” I hope that people gain an increased understanding and empathy for people with mental illness to provide an environment of support and recovery for loved ones and friends. I implore all of you to help make these hopes a reality this year. Thank you to all the people who already do this every day.

Happy New Year!

Senior Mental Health First Aid Training – LAST CALL TO REGISTER!

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER!

Our next training program for Mental Health First Aid for Seniors is:
Monday and Tuesday, December 15 and 16

This ground-breaking initiative will provide all attendees with the skills and tools to identify signs that indicate help is needed, develop effective communication skills, provide necessary support, and help seniors connect to appropriate community and private resources.

Every participant will be certified in Mental Health First Aid for a period of three years from the date of attendance.

If you joined us for either of our first two trainings, you know what a difference the information shared can make in the work you do with our seniors. Please share the upcoming training info with your colleagues, friends, and family members and encourage them to register!

If you’ve not attended this course, don’t miss this opportunity.

Here is our flyer for the next two trainings.
Registration deadline for the training is this Wednesday, December 10!