Traci and I were having a conversation recently about mental health. How Obamacare has affected services for people we know and love. How they can't get the treatment they need. It's extremely frustrating and there seems to be nothing that we can do about it.

I thank God for the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST). They do many things to help those in our area. There budget keeps getting cut making it tougher to help those in real need.

Here is some good and unexpected news. They are able to offer Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid Training at a reduced price.

It used to be $90 per class but for September, it'll be only $20. They are one day courses and you have to go for the whole class to get certification.

The next class is on Tuesday, September 20th from 8:30AM - 5:00PM. You can register online here. It's good for 3 years.

It teaches how to assist someone who is having a mental health crisis or a mental health problem. They are reducing the cost in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month.

Special thanks go to DIFD (Do It For Daron), Angel in the Outfield and Rock Against Suicide. It's because of their donations that they can offer these courses at a reduced rate.

The training will be at their office at 153 Court St. in Binghamton. Since class sizes are limited, you have to register ahead of time.

[via Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier]