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Mental Health First Aid

Did you know that a staggering 40% of people say their job creates so much stress that it’s downright uncomfortable?  That’s a concerning statistic, but there’s more to the story.

 

It gets even more alarming – a whopping 75% of people report experiencing a mental health crisis at work.  This highlights the urgent need to address the growing mental health challenges faced by employees.

 

But what exactly is mental health?  The definition is straightforward:  mental health describes the health of a person’s mind, including their thoughts, feelings, and actions.

 

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMSHA), 1 in 5 adults in the US experience a mental disorder.  Here’s more to the story.

    32.2% of adults in the US experience anxiety every year.

    7.1% of adults in the US experience a major depressive disorder every year.

    7.6% of adults in the US experience substance use every year.

And these are just the reported cases – the actual numbers are much higher as many cases go unreported.

 

Mental health challenges and disorders are the leading cause of disabilities and death in the United States and Canada.  In fact, mental and behavioral disorders are the second most debilitating illnesses, with cardiovascular illnesses being the most debilitating.

 

While this data may seem alarming, there is hope. Early intervention can significantly reduce the likelihood of individuals losing their jobs, dropping out of school, or developing problems with the law, alcohol, and other drugs.

 

To address this growing crisis, Rise Up Recovery will offer a Mental Health First Aid training. The training will be on May 23rd from 9am to 1:30pm at Hastings City Hall. The purpose of this training is to increase understanding of the signs and symptoms of early mental health challenges, with a focus on early intervention. By addressing the mental health crisis head-on and providing the necessary support and resources, we can create a healthier, more productive workforce and a stronger, more resilient community.

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