Jacksonville, Fla - Talkable Communities, a collaboration of five nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing mental well-being for children and families in Northeast Florida, is proud to announce the launch of its new program, Adult Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. The program covers a range of topics including anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year. Adult Mental Health First Aid provides critical tools to help individuals support their friends, family members, coworkers, and community members who may be struggling with mental health or substance use issues.
"We are thrilled to offer the Adult Mental Health First Aid program as part of our mission to provide accessible mental health resources and training courses in Northeast Florida," said Justin Bradshaw, Director of Talkable Communities. "With this program, we hope to empower individuals to recognize the signs of mental health challenges in their communities and provide effective support."
Adult Mental Health First Aid is available for free and can be accessed by visiting https://www.talkablecommunities.org/amhfa. The program is open to anyone over the age of 18 and is especially recommended for those who work with adults in any capacity.
In addition to Adult Mental Health First Aid, Talkable Communities offers other mental health resources and training courses, including Youth Mental Health First Aid, Question. Persuade. Refer, and It's Time to Talk about it!
About Talkable Communities:
Funded by the Florida Blue Foundation and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Talkable Communities is a collaboration of five nonprofit organizations - Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, EPIC Behavioral Healthcare, Gateway - Steps to Recovery, Clay Behavioral Health Center, and Child Guidance Center. The project provides free and accessible mental health resources and training courses to communities across Nassau, Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Putnam, and Flagler counties.