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Sponsor Community Mental Health First Aid Training By sponsoring Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), you can partner with Meridian to train non-practitioners how to recognize and respond to mental health crisis. Now through May, we are hosting a fundraising drive with the goal of offering 20 MHFA training courses free of charge to the community. Similar to First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for medical emergencies, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trains participants to identify and respond through a five-step action plan to potential mental illness or substance use disorders until appropriate professional help can arrive. Topics covered include; emotional problems, depression, crisis first aid for suicidal behavior, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, acute stress reaction, psychotic disorders, substance abuse disorders, eating disorders and self-injury. “What’s great about Mental Health First Aid training is it’s ideal for anybody,” said Dr. Maggie Labarta, President and CEO of Meridian. “Increasing the number of people in the community who are able to recognize mental health crises and know action steps to respond gets sufferers to appropriate care faster and helps reduces stigma.” The eight-hour training earns participants Mental Health First Aider certification through the National Council on Behavioral Health for three years. Individual registrations cost just $40, and the cost of a full class is $500. Please consider sponsoring and individual or class today! For more information about the drive visit  https://www.mbhci.org/mhfa-drive-2017/ You can also make an online donation now by clicking here! Corporate partners interested in sponsoring MHFA training can visit mbhci.org/donate or contact David Rountree, Director of Development and Communications at (352) 374-54600, ext. 8187, or david_rountree@mbhci.org.  
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