With CPR training, you can help a person suffering a heart attack, but do you know how to assist someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse challenge?

The Clermont County Public Library is offering free Mental Health First Aid Training sessions in 2019 to help members of the public better understand how to assist someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations. You will learn the risk factors and warning signs, strategies for how to help and where to turn for assistance. Two versions of the training will be offered: One focused on adult mental health and one about youth mental health.

Adult training:

·      Monday, Jan. 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Union Township Branch Library. To register, click here.

·      Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Miami Township. To register, click here.

·      Thursday, March 14, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bethel. To register, click here.

·      Monday, April 1, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Williamsburg. To register, click here.

·      Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Amelia. To register, click here.

·      Thursday, June 20, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., New Richmond. To register, click here.

Youth training:

·      Monday, Feb. 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Amelia. To register, click here.

·      Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Union Township. To register, click here.

·      Thursday, April 25, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bethel. To register, click here.

·      Monday, June 3, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Miami Township. To register, click here.

Class size is limited. Participants must be 18 or older. Everyone will receive a manual to supplement class content. A 30-minute lunch break will be provided. Packed lunches are encouraged.

The training will be taught by Mary Makley Wolff, director of the Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County. Learn more about Mental Health First Aid Training at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

A grant from the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board provided the funding for this free training.

For more information, visit clermontlibrary.org or call one of the libraries hosting a training session.