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Mental Health First Aid skills can be applied anytime, anywhere, and to anyone in distress.

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family. Therefore, it is likely that an individual will come in contact with someone experiencing a mental health crisis in the community. Mental Health First Aid Training is an eight-hour course that teaches participants to identify, understand and how to respond to signs of mental illness and drug abuse in others—including temporary or undiagnosed mental health concerns and crises.

Unaddressed mental health concerns in young people can affect every aspect of their lives—from relationships to performance in school.  In order to help adults recognize issues and how to support a young person, United Counseling Service is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on September 12th and 13th from 12:30 to 4:30 at 316 Dewey Street in Bennington.  There is no charge for Youth Mental Health First Aid, however, seating is limited.

Adult Mental Health First Aid will be held October 17th and 18th from 12:30 to 4:30. There is a $40 fee for the Adult Mental Health First Aid and seating is limited.

For more information or to reserve a spot contact Amie Niles at or call 802-445-7443. If you are interested in scheduling a training for your agency or organization please contact us. Youth Mental Health First Aid Training has been generously funded in memory of Gregory Hillman and from a grant from AWARE Vermont- Vermont’s Statewide Mental Health First Aid Initiative.

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