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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Monday October 16th, 2017 :: 02:44 p.m. PDT


News Story - Mental Health First Aid Course

News Story Nature of Incident: Mental Health First Aid Course
Location: Thousand Oaks Police Department Community Meeting Room
Date & Time: December 5th & 6th, 2017/ 5:00PM – 9:30PM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department

Narrative: 1 in 5 people have a mental illness or addiction: So, what can I do? Learn Mental Health First Aid! It is a free, two part, 8 hour certified training to help someone developing a mental health problem or at risk of suicide or harm. This innovative program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like “What can I do if someone is in crisis?” “How do I approach someone in distress?” “What do I say?” “How can I help?” “Where can someone find help?”
You will learn: 
About common mental health and substance use disorders 
Warning signs and symptoms of mental health problems
Potential risk factors
Local resources and supports
A five step action plan:
• Assess for risk of suicide or harm
• Listen Non-judgmentally
• Give reassurance and information
• Encourage appropriate professional help
• Encourage self-help and other support strategies

To register please email Mary Ellen Collins, Certified Trainer: or call (805) 657-4408

Made possible through funding from Ventura County Behavioral Health Department

Prepared by: Mark Stadler, CIT Program Administrator
Media Release Date: October 16th, 2017
Follow-Up Contact: Mark Stadler 805-388-5107
Approved by: Captain Eric Tennessen

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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