Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour certification course that will be given over two days — June 7 and June 14 from 9 to 4 — at Comstock Community Center. It is intended to help individuals and communities understand mental health issues and respond to those who may be experiencing distress. Attendees must attend both days in order to receive certification.

Who should take this training?

• Volunteers and the general public;

• Primary care professionals;

• School personnel, nurses and educators;

• First-responders, fire, police and corrections officers;

• Nursing home staff;

• Employers, human resources professionals and business leaders;

• State policymakers.

Mental Health First Aid is an interactive course designed to provide key skills in helping someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a non-medical professional assist an individual following a heart attack; Mental Health First Aid training helps an individual who does not have clinical training assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Highlights of the training course include:

• The prevalence of mental illnesses in the United States;

• Potential warning signs of the most common mental health disorders;

• A five-step action plan for assisting an individual in crisis;

• Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by the Nation Council for Community Behavior Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

The instructor is Dawn Roy, a licensed social worker with a  private practice in Fairfield . She has been a mental health first aid instructor since 2009, providing over 30 training courses throughout Fairfield County.

Seating is limited to the first 30 registrants. To register email Ms. Roy at or call 203-331-7458. The course fee is $100 per person. This includes three-year certification, two-day training, manual, handouts, and certificate.

Wellness series

Live Well is a free health promotion program for older adults. It is a nationwide, evidence-based health promotion program developed by Stanford University to help adults living with chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer manage their health and maintain active, fulfilling lives. Led by two trained facilitators, the workshops cover new topics each week and provide opportunities for interaction and group problem solving.

The program is offered Thursdays, May 16, 23, 30; June 6, 13, 20 from 9:30 to noon. Space is limited.  Register at 203-834-6240.  For more information visit and click on “Benefits and Services” and “Live Well Program.”

Self-hypnosis with Sonia

Learn the simple steps of self-hypnosis with Sonia Katz. With more than 40 years of experience, Ms. Katz offers a “workshop of fun and relaxation whatever your age or experience.”

Ms. Katz studied hypnosis with Dr. Brian Weiss, author of Many Lives, Many Masters. She will teach how to achieve relaxation through breathing techniques, guided meditation and position, and how to plant the proper suggestions in the unconscious mind in order to achieve goals.

The seminar takes place on Thursdays, May 9 and 23, June 6 and 20, at 2 p.m., at the senior center. There is a $5 drop-in fee; advance registration recommended.

Computer classes

Computer Fundamentals is an introductory course is for those with limited or no computer experience who would like to test the waters.  This is excellent preparation for Beyond Beginners Word 2007/2010.  Taught by Andrea Ragusa; May 13 and 14. Fee: $30. Call 203-762-8445 to register.

Memoir organization

This course provides comprehensive information about options for preparing a memoir to be printed in book form. It will outline how to set up copy to have continuity among the pages and how to develop graphics to enhance the book’s material. Learn money-saving tips before going to a professional printer or UPS Store. This is not a research course; it is a workshop to help you organize before getting started. Taught by Catherine Myers; May 20 and 21. Fee:  $30.

Coming Events

All activities take place at the senior center (203-834-6240) unless otherwise specified.

For the week of May 3:

Friday, May 10, 10, Move, Strengthen, and Stretch with Julienne Camhi; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Beginner Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30-3, Free swim for seniors at the Wilton Y.

Monday, May 13; 9:20, Enhance Fitness with Laura Mars; 9:30, Computer Fundamentals with Andrea Ragusa; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie, “Emma.”

Tuesday, May 7, 9:30, Computer Fundamentals with Andrea Ragusa; 10, Painting with Althea; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, May 15, 9:30, RSVP; 9-10:30, Blood Pressure Screening at the Wilton Y; 9:45, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by “Fall Prevention;” 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, May 16, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch at St. Matthew Church; 6, Osteoarthritis presentation at The Greens.