May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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An announcement to my blog community.

I am now officially a Mental Health First Aider for youth and adults. I took two free classes offered by the NYC Dept. Of Health and Mental Hygiene.

For the month of May I will post what I learned in my Mental Health First Aider class and in life, I hope you will benefit from these new posts.

The class taught us how to access a mental or medical emergency. As an aider we don’t diagnosis but instead provide emotional support and guide the person to the necessary resources. Listen non-judgmentally, encourage appropriate professional help and other support strategies.

It’s time to remove the stigma of reaching out for mental health resources. It’s time to take care of our mental health and guide those who are interested in mental health.

If you need help, more information or want to help as an aider in New York City Call 1-888-NYC-WELL. 1-888-692-9355.

WWW.mentalhealthfirstaid.org for additional information.

Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Veterans crisis hotline: 1-800-273-8255

For anyone 21 years old and younger call:1-888-NYC-WELL – 1-888-692-9355.

Some of you from my Facebook page have already seen this.

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