Photo provided by Jennifer Forker, Community Reach Center
Nearly 60 paraprofessionals from School District 27J were certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid recently at the Brighton Recreation Center. The participants are pictured holding ALGEE, the Koala bear mascot of the MHFA program that each received after completing the eight-hour training. The Youth module of MHFA addresses the signs, symptoms and behavior associated with various mental health conditions for ages 12 to 18 and how to assist someone experiencing a mental-health crisis. Community Reach Center provides youth and adult trainings free to anyone who lives or works in Adams County, thanks to funding from the Community Reach Center Foundation Board. MHFA trainings are free, however registration is required. Adult MHFA will be taught 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Platte Valley Medical Center, 1600 Prairie Center Pkwy, Brighton. For more information about Youth or Adult MHFA, or to sign up for a free training, visit www.CommunityReachCenter.org or email MHFA@CommunityReachCenter.org.