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“Be 1 In A Million”
The National Council for Behavioral Health announced a new campaign in January called, “Be 1 In a Million.” The campaign is aimed to train one million people in Mental Health First Aid. This would double the current estimated 500,000 people trained in the United States.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.
The goal of this campaign is to make Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR training. With one in four Americans experiencing a mental health condition or addiction disorder every year, it is time to educate the general population.
“This training is relevant to all of us,” said Linda Rosenberg, CEO of the National Council. “When you complete the Mental Health First Aid training, you will know how to intervene with someone who is actively suicidal, or help someone who is having a panic attack. You will be able to support a veteran experiencing PTSD symptoms, or a college student with a serious eating disorder. You will be able to recognize a coworker who may be struggling with addiction or a friend who is feeling depressed.”
To learn more about how you can become one in a million, go to: http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/
Jill Hamilton, Project Coordinator, The Kim Foundation
Jill Hamilton has been the Project Coordinator at The Kim Foundation since 2014. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from The University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2009. Since working at the foundation, she has become an active member of the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, Nebraska LOSS Advisory Committee, The Omaha Metro Hoarding Taskforce, The Early Childhood Mental Health Coalition, Nebraska State Conference Planning Committee; she is a volunteer mentor with Y.E.S., and serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Metro Area LOSS Team.