September 1st, 2017

The Richmond County Black and Minority Chamber of Commerce Offers Mental Health First Aid Training in Staten Island, New York Part of National Initiative to Increase Mental Health Literacy

On Monday, October 9th and Saturday, October 14th, 2017, The Richmond County Black and Minority Chamber of Commerce in partnership with THRIVE NYC, T Ford LCSW Consulting Services PLLC and Silver Queen Chapter No.43 Prince Hall Order Easter Star will be offering Mental Health First Aid training in the following locations:

1. Skylight Center (October 9 th, 2017) 307 St. Marks Place Staten Island NY

2. The Reformed Church of Huguenot (October 9 th, 2017) 5474 Amboy Road Staten Island NY

3. Silver Lake Lodge (October 14th, 2017) Port Richmond Avenue Staten Island NY

This groundbreaking 8-hour training course (9am to 5pm) gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.

1 in 5 Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.

Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.

“Through this program, we hope to take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems,” says Linda Rosenberg President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, which helped bring Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. in 2008. “When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they may need.”

In just ten years, Mental Health First Aid has become a full-blown movement in the United States—more than 550,000 people are certified Mental Health First Aiders, and that number is growing every day.

For more information or to participate in a Mental Health First Aid training email:

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid USA, visit

The National Council for Behavioral Health was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the USA and more than 550,000 individuals have been trained.













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