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Mental health first-aid training can help in a crisis

Taos County Chamber hosts first all-day course that certifies helpers

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 10/21/19

Taos County has a high rate of suicide, depression and mental health illnesses.  But what do you do if a loved one, a friend or a colleague is having a mental health crisis? How do you …

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Mental health first-aid training can help in a crisis

Taos County Chamber hosts first all-day course that certifies helpers

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Taos County has a high rate of suicide, depression and mental health illnesses.  But what do you do if a loved one, a friend or a colleague is having a mental health crisis? How do you help?

The Taos County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a full-day training in Mental Health First Aid for Everyone taught by certified Taos instructor Victoria Flores on Friday (Oct. 25).  Those who complete the class receive a three-year certification and course materials. The course uses real-life examples, exercises and activities to learn and practice mental health first aid, similar to the way CPR and physical first-aid courses are taught.

But time is running out. A minimum of eight students are needed by Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 22) in order for the class to make. Three people had signed up as of Monday, said Susan Cady, excecutive director of the Taos County Chamber of Commerce.

The cost of the eight-hour course – $30 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers –  covers the cost of materials and the instructor.  Flores Victoria Flores, is Training Manager at the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Taos. 

Cady said the education committe wanted to provide some kind of mental health training to help business owners, their employees and anyone else who was interested. They found that a set course was available and decided to offer it. 

The course will be held at the Taos County Chamber of Commerce offices, 1139 Paseo del Pueblo Sur in Taos from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can sign up and pay for the course at taoschamber.com.

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