MHRB offers free community trainings

By Elizabeth Murphy - MHRB Community Development

EATON — The Preble County Mental Health and Recovery Board is offering two trainings to community members in coming weeks.

These include:

Mental Health First Aid, USA: Feb. 16

Mental Health is just as important as physical health. Believe it or not, there are methods in assisting an individual who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid USA offers trainings to individuals who are not clinically trained. Our next training will be held February 16 at the Preble County Mental Health & Recovery Board office. This training is grant funded and includes a lite breakfast, lunch and workbook. Participants will learn a five step process to identify an adult that may be experiencing a crisis situation. If you are an adult that works with adults, this course is for you. Please register to or call our office at 456-6827. This course is taught by a local certified MHFA USA instructor. Our February class will focus specifically on adults in crisis. In the spring, we will host our youth version.

Parent Project & Why Try: April-June

Our third session of Parent Project & WhyTry begins April 11. These national programs were developed by parents for parents of high risk youth. While parents learn key strategies in parenting challenging adolescents; teens learn resiliency, improved self-concept and emotional health, and make better life choices. The purpose of Parent Project & WhyTry is to strengthen the family unit, strengthen parent involvement, strengthen school attendance and performance, reduce school and community violence, and reduce teen alcohol and drug use. We are accepting families for this course now.

Both classes are ten weeks and run concurrently with parents & caregivers in one room and their teens (aged twelve to eighteen) in another room. Parent Project & WhyTry are taught by trained facilitators from Preble County. The program is grant funded, provides dinner for all participants and practical, proven solutions to some of the most challenging parenting situations. Please contact Elizabeth Murphy at 456-6827 for more information or go to our website at project.

By Elizabeth Murphy

MHRB Community Development