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  • Saint Leo University’s Tampa Education Center, Human Services Department to Present Mental Health First Aid Courses on September 25, October 1

    For Immediate Release: September 2, 2021
    Saint Leo University’s Tampa Education Center, Human Services Department
          to Present Mental Health First Aid Courses on September 25, October 1

       Designed for those who work with youths including teachers, caregivers, parents
    TAMPA – Saint Leo University will host two sessions of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses this fall. Sponsored by the university’s Human Services Department and hosted at its Tampa Education Center, these 8-hour MHFA-Youth courses are intended for those who work and interact with young people.
    MHFA-Youth is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human service workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (ages 12-18), who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
    Youth Mental Health First Aid will be offered 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, September 25, and Friday, October 1, at Saint Leo’s Tampa Education Center, 1403 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL, 33607. The classes will be taught by MHFA-certified instructor Dr. Nancy Wood, director of Saint Leo University’s Graduate Human Services Administration Program.
    Seating is limited. The cost is $25 and includes a workbook. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch to the MHFA class.
    Register for the September 25 class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-mental-health-first-aid-saint-leo-university-tampa-education-center-tickets-162969695747
    Register for the October 1 class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-mental-health-first-aid-saint-leo-university-tampa-education-center-tickets-162969884311
    “Mental health affects the entire well-being of a person, through all stages of a person’s life,” Wood said. “Mental health is equally important as physical health, and should be given the same attention.”
    It’s in keeping with Saint Leo University’s core values to offer this training to the public and to employees and students. Among those core values are “respect” and “community,” and the MHFA training reinforces the idea that everyone should be treated with dignity.
    Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. The course uses role-playing and simulation to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
    Just like CPR training, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with assistance.
     “The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis,” according to the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and MHFA. “Mental Health First Aid courses are for anyone who wants to make their community healthier, happier, and safer for all.”
    The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.
    For more information, email Dr. Nancy Wood, nancy.wood@saintleo.edu. If special accommodations are needed, please contact Rod Kirkwood, director of the Tampa Education Center, at (813) 226-2775.
    About Saint Leo University
    Saint Leo University is one of the largest Catholic universities in the nation, offering 57 undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs to more than 18,200 students each year. Founded in 1889 by Benedictine monks, the private, nonprofit university is known for providing a values-based education to learners of all backgrounds and ages in the liberal arts tradition. Saint Leo is regionally accredited and offers a residential campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, 16 education centers in five states, and an online program for students anywhere. The university is home to more than 98,000 alumni. Learn more at saintleo.edu.

    Media Contact: Mary McCoy, University Writer & Media Relations, mary.mccoy02@saintleo.edu, (352) 588-7118 or cell (813) 610-8416