Published on January 11th, 2018 | by University Communications


Ocala Center offering free Mental Health First Aid courses

Faculty and staff are encouraged to invite community members to attend metal health first aid courses. The Ocala Education Center and Saint Leo’s Human Services Department are partnering with Be Free Lake, a community substance abuse and violence prevention coalition, to offer free opportunities to learn more about mental health first aid. 

The first session, scheduled for Friday, February 9, is Mental Health First Aid for Youths, and will teach participants how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis.

The second session, Mental Health First Aid for Adults, will be Friday, March 9. This session is appropriate for anyone 18 or older who wants to learn how to help an adult who may be experiencing a mental health-related crisis or problem.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the classes will be held 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ocala Education Center, 1930 S.W. 38th Ave., Ocala, FL 34474.

Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack, mental health first aid helps assist someone experiencing a mental-health-related crisis—even if you have no clinical training. In these mental health first aid courses, participants learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Mental Health First Aid for Adults will cover topics such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

Reservations are required. Contact Marina Sanchez of Be Free Lake at or call (352) 383-2099.


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