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Alternatives trainings: mental health first aid

You probably know how to respond when someone is experiencing a physical crisis, but do you know what to do in a mental health emergency? Like First Aid or CPR, Mental Health First Aid is an important tool that enables you to help in a crisis situation and provide critical support until other treatment is available.

Alternatives, one of Central Massachusetts’ leading human service providers, invites all school personnel, clergy, and other interested members of the community to attend a training on Mental Health First Aid on Tuesday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 15.

The two-day training will be held from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm in the Singh Performance Center, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA. It will be led by led by certified Mental Health First Aid trainers and will provide certification to participants who successfully complete the program.

Early intervention is known to produce the most effective treatment for mental health issues and Mental Health First Aid training can help you recognize the signs that someone is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. It also provides strategies on how to deliver immediate support, de-escalate crisis situations, and encourage appropriate treatment.

Register online by January 10 at For more information contact Meghan MacDonald at or 978-840-4549. Registration is $25 dollars and attendance both days is required to receive certification.

For more information about the benefits of being trained in Mental Health First Aid visit