The Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) does so much for the community and now they want to help you too. They are offering sessions of "Mental Health First Aid" and "Youth Mental Health First Aid" training at a reduced price.

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, they are offering training at their offices at 47 Broad Avenue in Binghamton.

The intent of Mental Health First Aid is to provide the public with skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or having a mental health crisis. You'll learn how to assess harm to self and others resulting from mental illness, listen while refraining from judgement and so much more.

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches the risk factors and warning signs of many signs of different mental health challenges that are common among kids including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and more. This is intended for people who work mostly with children between the ages of 12 and 18.

This is where MHAST is helping you with your training at a reduced price. Normally it's $90 but in September, it's only $25 because of money raised through community events like DIFD, Binghamton Pond Festival, Wings of Hope and Rock Against Suicide.

The courses are open to all, 8 hours long and you have to attend the entire class to get your certification and it's good for 3 years. Don't delay because space is limited, go online here or call Joanne at (607) 771-8888 ext. 336.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training is Wednesday, September 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mental Health First Aid Training is Thursday, September 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Once again, training will take place at MHAST's offices at 47 Broad Avenue in Binghamton. We hear about the need for Mental Health programs and ways that we can help those who are suffering. Here's your chance to do your part.

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