Mental Health First Aid Training Sessions Offered

Student Affairs and University Counseling Services will sponsor an eight-hour certification program for Truman faculty and staff in Mental Health First Aid.

The program will be led by certified instructors, Lou Ann Gilchrist, Joe Hamilton and Brenda Higgins and take place in two sessions from 12:30-5 p.m. Aug. 4-5.

This eight-hour program is designed to enable participants to effectively manage mental health crises in their workplace, home, school, church or the community — in much the same way that CPR enables one to manage a medical crisis. Training will be provided on the common mental health crises of depression and suicide, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic attacks, schizophrenia, substance abuse and more. In addition to preparing participants with skills to identify and manage mental health crises, area resources will be identified.

The class will be limited to the first 25 people who register. The MHFA handbook will be provided at no cost to participants.

Registration can be completed online at Anyone registering for the class on Aug. 4 will automatically be registered for the Aug. 5 session as well. Questions may be directed to Joe Hamilton at 660.785.4014 or