Resolve to Save Lives in 2022


by Michelle Wagaman, Prevention Services Coordinator

Include RACSB Training in your New Year Resolutions

Perhaps you’re like me and look at the new calendar year as an opportunity for renewal and growth. Sometimes I pick a word or intention to serve as a guide or inspiration. Other years, I list specific goals. A consistent theme is the desire to continue learning and finding ways to positively impact not only my family but also our greater community.

One way our community can show up for one another is to work to reduce the stigma around mental health, suicide, and addiction. We can do that by learning and taking any of the free trainings being offered by the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board.

Mental Health First Aid – Adult

This training teaches adults how to identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The course introduces common mental health challenges and gives participants the skills to reach out and provide initial support to someone who maybe developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Participants also learn how to help connect with local resources for appropriate care and support.

Facilitated virtually, participants will create a personal account in the Mental Health First Aid Connect platform and complete pre-course work prior to the training date provided below. The pre-course work takes approximately 2-hours. Upon successful completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Certification is good for three years.

  • January 11, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (register by January 6th)
  • January 26, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (register by January 21st)
  • February 8, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (register by February 3rd)
  • March 8, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (register by March 3rd)
  • May 12, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (register by May 7th)

To register: http://bit.ly/MHFAregistration

Mental Health First Aid – Youth

Youth Mental Health First aid teaches adults how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in adolescents. The training introduces common mental health challenges for youth and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

This training is appropriate for parents, caregivers, teachers, coaches, mentors – anyone who regularly interacts with adolescents.

Facilitated virtually, participants will create a personal account in the Mental Health First Aid Connect platform and complete pre-course work prior to the training date provided below. The pre-course work takes approximately 2-hours. Upon successful completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Certification is good for three years.

  • March 21, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (register by March 16th)
  • April 5, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (register by April 1st)
  • June 7, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (register by June 2nd)

To register: http://bit.ly/MHFAregistration

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

Our life experiences can impact our health. In this training, you’ll learn how the research on how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can play a tremendous role in developing potential physical, mental, and behavioral problems later in life. Learn how you can not only work to reduce ACEs but also how to help foster individual and community resilience.

  • January 25, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • February 16, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • April 7, 2022 from noon to 3:00 p.m.

To register: https://forms.gle/9r6EjoUW5iZZkYbEA

Virtual REVIVE! Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Administration

This training reviews opioids, how an opioid overdose can happen, risk factors for opioid overdoses, and how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of Naloxone (also known as Narcan).

  • January 6, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
  • January 18, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
  • February 3, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
  • February 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
  • March 3, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
  • March 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

To register: https://bit.ly/VIRTUAL_REVIVE

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