Goodwill San Antonio Introduces Mental Health First Aid Training Program
Joins National Initiative to Increase Mental Health Literacy
SAN ANTONIO, TX - – Goodwill Industries of San Antonio is offering the Mental Health First Aid program to Human Resource team members, managers, and supervisors to improve mental health literacy – helping them identify, understand, and respond to signs of a mental health or substance use problem.
“We are thrilled to bring Mental Health First Aid to our organization,” said Janice Bunch, chief administrative and human resources officer for Goodwill San Antonio. “This important educational effort goes a lot further than emergency intervention; it really helps people understand the shroud of fear and misjudgment facing individuals and families who experience mental illnesses and addiction. It will help reduce the associated stigma and move more and more people toward recovery.”
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual, the certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Thorough evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proved the CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’ knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.
“We welcome Goodwill San Antonio’s involvement and enthusiasm in the Mental Health First Aid community,” says Linda Rosenberg, MSW, President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, the organization who brought Mental Health First Aid to the United States in 2008. Mental Health First Aid originated in 2001 in Australia under the direction of founders Betty Kitchener and Tony Jorm. To date, it has been replicated in twenty other countries worldwide, including Hong Kong, Scotland, England, Canada, Finland, and Singapore.
The Goodwill San Antonio management team is helping to improve mental health literacy.
Goodwill Changes Lives Through the Power of Work and through training their employees on important management and workplace skills such as Mental Health First Aid.
For more information or to participate in Mental Health First Aid training in San Antonio visit http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/take-a-course/find-a-course/or call Debra Cox, Mental Health First Aid San Antonio at 210-355-6096.
About Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Serving San Antonio since 1945, Goodwill San Antonio is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise that helps change lives through the power of work. When you shop or donate at Goodwill, you’re funding education, training and services to prepare people to find better jobs and build careers in diverse companies throughout the communities we serve. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment, job placement and related individualized services to nearly 25,000 individuals annually in South Central Texas. In addition to operating 20 retail stores, 34 donation stations and 12 Good Careers Centers in San Antonio, Kerrville, Laredo, New Braunfels, Seguin and surrounding areas, Goodwill operates three Good Careers Academies and manages 18 contracts for the U.S. government for services ranging from document management to grounds maintenance.