The people we open up to about our problems aren’t always trained therapists.
For many of us, those people we feel most comfortable talking to are the folks serving us drinks from the other side of the bar, or the people styling our hair.
Bartenders and hair stylists are what’s known as “gatekeepers,” and giving them basic mental health first aid training has proven to be part an essential link in a community network that can save lives.
“Evidence suggests such programs are associated with increased positive attitudes toward help-seeking and can get people to the services they need,” said Robert J. Cramer, associate professor in the School of Community and Environmental Health Sciences at Old Dominion University.
For this reason Norfolk Community Services Board has set up a special training for barbers, stylists, and bartenders.
“The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem,” according to Sarah Fuller, Director of CSB.
Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.
The training is scheduled for Monday, January 23, 2017 from 9:30am to 5pm at 901 Asbury Ave. in Norfolk. The course is free.
To sign up, send your name, contact phone number, and profession to Jacklyn Griffin with the City of Norfolk: Jacklyn.firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy and CarolSue will be your trainers for the day. They both have dedicated their careers working to identify persons in the community who may need help but have yet to be identified or are unaware of the resources available. They both have a great sense of humor and will make this training non-intimidating and interesting.
Please dress comfortably. You will also participate in interactive practice sessions. Feel free to bring in your coffee, water, snacks, etc. There will be a break mid-day to leave for a lunch break.