Listed below is an article from yesterday’s Troy Record about a MHANYS
Mental Health First Aid training that took place with the Commission of
Economic Opportunity in Rensselaer County.

Among the comments received were, “Very engaging and informative”, “This
was an excellent course to help create more cultural awareness about mental
health disorders”, “It is nice to have a framework to guide interactions
that often rely upon judgement and instinct alone”, ‘The instructors were
great” (an acknowledgement of the great training skills of MHANYS John
Richter and Joelle Monaco) as well as many other positive comments.

The MHA’s statewide have developed a network of over sixty trainers
throughout our 26 affiliates. If you want more information about Mental
Health First Aid Trainings in the Capital District and Statewide, contact
Joelle Monaco at

– Glenn Liebman, CEO

Training helps people recognize, assist those in mental health crises.

By Nicholas Buonanno,, @NickBuonanno
on Twitter

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

TROY >> Throughout the day Wednesday, 30 local citizens and educational
staff who work with or support transition-age youth received training from
representatives of the Mental Health Association in New York State.

The eight-hour training was a partnership between the Mental Health
Association and Commission on Economic Opportunity to help people in
Rensselaer County. According to the association, mental health challenges –
such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are common in
the United States. The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies
individuals throughout the nation, including MHANYS, to provide Mental
Health First Aid courses to prepare their communities with the knowledge
and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem
or experiencing a mental health crisis.

“People at the training today will be trained and equipped to recognize
when somebody who they have contact with is displaying some kind of signs
and symptoms of a mental health problem and have them trained to direct
people towards getting help,” said John Richter, director of public policy
for MHANYS and also one of the Wednesday’s instructors.

As part of its mission, MHANYS advocates for change in the mental health
system to ensure access for all New Yorkers, fights stigma through
community-based partnership and programs and provides information on mental
health issues and services.

The trainees were taught sequences of actions to take and steps to remember
when working with individuals who may be suffering from mental health
problems. The training class also helped participants deal with someone who
may be in crisis or at risk of suicide.

Trainees were able to learn these types of skills through not only
lectures, but also activities where they were able to practice different
action plans through various scenarios.

Richter believes that this types of training is important for people in
case they ever encounter someone who is suffering through a mental illness.

“The major reason we have these trainings is because in general we have a
lack of awareness about mental health in our society and we are not very
well educated in it from a public health standpoint,” he said. “The more
people in our society who are alert to these signs and symptoms when they
see them, the more likely that person will end up getting help.”

Nicholas Buonanno can be reached at 290-3941.

[image: NICHOLAS BUONANNO- nbuonanno@troyrecord.comDirector of Public
Policy at Mental Health in New York State John Richter lectures during the
training seminar on Wednesday at CEO.]

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