Mental Health First Aid USA classes set

Learn how to help a family member, friend, coworker or neighbor in need by getting trained in mental health first aid.

Mental Health First Aid USA classes will be offered in the Medical Arts Building at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20, Nov. 14 and April 10. Classes also will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 20-21; participants must attend both classes.

The evidence-based program teaches individuals how to help someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants learn general knowledge about a variety of mental illnesses, how to recognize them and how to respond to them.

The classes are being sponsored through the Dubois County Public Health Partnership, which has identified mental health as a local health concern. The trainers are Kim Dietz, a community volunteer; Amy Dilger from Best Home Furnishings; Kara Glendening from Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center; and Crista Linette with Meyer Distributing.

Substance use disorders, depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders and more are covered in the course.

Members of the health partnership hope the training will become ingrained in the community and that classes will be offered on an ongoing basis. Enrollment fees of $35 per person will be reinvested in the program to pay for the manuals participants receive, other supplies and instructor training.

Register for the classes at For questions, email Dubois County Health Department Administrative Director Donna Oeding at or call 812-481-7050.


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