Mental Health First Aid

Mental illness is very prevalent in our society, with nearly 20% of Americans personally affected. Many do not know that they have an illness. Others are aware, but either do not want or know how to obtain treatment. To compound the problem, less than half of those with mental illness are ever treated.


For someone developing these illnesses, the first line of defense is first aid. That is why our chapter is hosting an eight-hour Mental Heath First Aid class, to be taught by North Central Behavioral Health Systems. Our joint goal is to raise awareness, reduce the stigma associated with the subject, and prepare people to help those affected by mental health illnesses. With such a large portion of the population having mental health problems, this course is useful for anyone and everyone.


By taking this course, you will learn how to help those developing mental health problems, be able to mitigate their situation, and direct them to professional help.

For even more information, visit the North Central Behavioral Health Systems website here.


Classes will be held at Illinois Valley Community College in room CTC124, on January 21st and 28th, from 5PM – 9PM. Refreshments will be provided. The total cost is $20, which includes eight hours of instruction and a textbook, to be paid on the first class day.

To sign up for the class, please either email topbuck82@yahoo.com or call (815)-579-2328. Please include your name, phone number, email, and residential address.