Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Why Take Mental Health First Aid

An 8 hour workshop to build understanding of mental illnesses and an action plan for reducing stigma, responding and providing support .


This is an 8-hour workshop at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove over divided over 2 Sunday afternoon sessions. You must attend both sessions to receive a certificate:

Sunday, November 10, 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Sunday, November 17, 1:00 to 5:00pm

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.

This workshop will be specifically geared to faith communities. Faith leaders of all religious traditions--both lay and clergy--are encouraged to attend and to bring a team from your congregation to the workshop. Resources on mental health that are designed for faith communities will be available at the workshop.

To receive a certificate of completion, participants must complete the full 8 hour course, so plan to attend on both days. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please contact Julie LaFayette if you have questions or want to register over the phone: 630-929-6105 or [email protected]

This workshop is made possible with the support of the Community Memorial Foundation, NAMI DuPage, JCFS Chicago, and AdvocateAurora's Faith and Health Partnerships program.

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Date and Time: 
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 1:00pm
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 1:00pm
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