Last month, one of our partners, Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene, held a training event in conjunction with 7 different organizations. 31 participants gathered at Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene for an 8 hour free course in which all trainees received certification from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare as Mental Health First Aiders. Participants learned the sign and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help, and types of help shown to be effective. Certification establishes that all trainees have been trained to provide initial help to people experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders.
The First Aid Mental Health Certification Training workshop was conducted through the Mayor’s office in collaboration with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as a part of ThriveNYC.
ThriveNYC is a plan of action to guide the city toward a more effective and holistic system that outlines 54 initiatives, 23 of them new, to support the mental well-being of New Yorkers. Additionally, ThriveNYC creates a model that can be applied nationally and a framework for advocacy. To find out more about ThriveNYC, please visithttps://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/.