May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I thank God for the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) and the great things that they do in our area. It isn't always easy because their budget keeps getting cut and it makes it tougher to help those in real need.

In spite of that, here is another way they are helping us out. MHAST is offering Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid Training at a reduced price.

They will offer two Mental Health First Aid training courses at their office at 153 Court Street, Binghamton during the month of May. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the cost is being subsidized by funds raised through DIFD and Rock Against Suicide.

This means that they are offering these courses at a reduced fee of $25 per person. You must attend the entire class to receive certification which is good for 3 years. Class size is limited and you must pre-register, so go here to register and to get more info or call (607) 771-8888 ext. 336.

Can't make it to their agency?  MHAST also is offering onsite trainings for businesses and organizations. Here are the dates and times:

Mental Health First Aid - Monday, May 22 from 9 am to 5 pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Wednesday, May 24 from 9am to 5 pm

You can see a physical problem but what's on the inside is tougher. These courses teach how to assist someone who is having a mental health crisis or a mental health problem. This can help save lives in ways that you may not have thought about before.

[via Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier]