Mental health course in Georgetown

Georgetown Fire Headquarters, 9 Portland Ave., in Redding, will host a Mental Health First Aid USA course next month on how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
The intensive, eight-hour course, sponsored by the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will teach people about:

  • The prevalence of mental illnesses in the United States;

  • Unique risk factors and potential warning signs of the most common mental health disorders;

  • A five-step action plan to assist an individual in crisis;

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

Approximately 10,000 public safety professionals have taken the course, which provides them with more response options to help them de-escalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so they can appropriately respond to mental health crises without compromising safety.
The Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety course aims to defuse crises, promote mental health literacy, combat mental health stigma, enable early intervention and connect people with appropriate professionals, peers and self-help care.
The course will take place:

  • Wednesday, May 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.;

  • Saturday, May 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To register tuition-free, email Dawn Roy at