Recognize common signs of mental illness and connect people in crisis with help

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Helping people in crisis is what local nonprofit, The Connection, does and now they’ve created a special program called “Mental First Aid,” which trains the average person to help friends, colleagues or loved ones. those who may show signs of mental illness or addiction.

CT Style host Natasha Lubczenko recently caught up with Nikita Joslyn, Business Development Manager and Mental Health First Aid Instructor at The Connection, who shared information about the program.

• 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness in their lifetime.

• The course will give you the skills to reach out and provide initial support to someone who might develop a problem.

• Participants will learn how to connect people with appropriate care.

• Anyone who works in a customer-facing role could benefit from this class.

• The Connection offers a version of this course designed to help adults support young people struggling with mental health issues. It’s ideal for educators and people who lead youth-focused activities.

• Learn more or register for this course at The Connection website

The Connection operates more than 40 programs across the state of Connecticut that help people facing the complex challenges of homelessness, addiction treatment, behavioral health care, child protection and people who return to their community after their incarceration.

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