Anne King, LCSW and Chief Program Officer for HSS, provided an 8-hour certification course on Mental Health First Aid to members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department on February 27-28. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a program that aims to teach members of the public how to respond in a mental health emergency and offer support to someone who appears to be in emotional distress. Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The “first aid” is given until the appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis resolves. MHFA also strives to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems by providing education and promoting better understanding of the experiences of people with mental health problems. For more information on how your group can receive this valuable training, please contact Anne at 618-939-4444.