Mental Health First Aid

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Date(s) - 01/30/2019 - 01/31/2019
8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Sylvania Heights Baptist Church


Traditional first aid training teaches participants to perform CPR or create a tourniquet to save lives. Mental Health First Aid provides the skills to help during a mental health crisis. The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board provides both youth and adult curriculums of the training.

Through role-playing and simulations, participants gain skills to offer assistance in a mental health crisis. Participants will learn the common risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The course will enable participants to offer community resources to people in crisis.

The 8-hour course is available for individuals and organizations. The $25 registration fee includes a workbook, refreshments and lunch on the first day of training. Checks should be made payable to RACSB with “Mental Health First Aid” in the memo line. The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 30 and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Jan. 31. 

Register online.  For questions, please contact Jennifer Bateman, Prevention Specialist, at 540-374-3337 or

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Emergency Services are still available. Please call 540-373-6876 if you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis.

Due to the current State of Emergency, and in accordance with recommendation to limit in-person gatherings to 10 or less, our May Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually at 5 p.m. on May 19. Public comment may be submitted up until 4:00 pm on May 19th by emailing  Public comments that include the full name and address of the commenter will be read into the record during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.  The meeting will be Livestreamed on Rappahannock Area Community Services Board’s Facebook page on May 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

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