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Mental health first-aid course offered in West Prince in May

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DEBLOIS, P.E.I. – The P.E.I. French Health Network is offering an adult mental health first aid course in French later this month in West Prince.

A basic 12-hour course will be offered on May 22, 24, 28 and 31, from 5:45 to 9 p.m. each evening at the Community School Centre in Deblois. Colette Arsenault will be the facilitator.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada certifies instructors, who then offer mental health first aid courses across Canada.

This course provides participants with the tools they need to offer initial assistance to those struggling with a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse, and suicidal behaviours.

The purpose of the course is not to train people to become therapists but to show how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, offer assistance, and help people get the help they need.

The French Health Network will cover registration fees. Participants will obtain a manual, and their certification will be good for three years. They must attend all sessions to obtain their certification.

If interested, email or call Patricia Richard at 902-854-7444 by May 18.

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