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Passavant Area Hospital Hosting Mental Health First Aid Training for Youths


Passavant Area Hospital is partnering with Memorial Behavioral Health to host a program next month to train community members to learn how to identify and respond to youths showing signs of mental illness and substance abuse.

The program is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 30. Fee is $18.95 and includes a training manual.

“Most people know how to recognize and appropriately react to medical emergencies, but there is little knowledge in the general public about what to do in a mental health crisis,” said Barb Smith, BSN, RN-BC, Behavioral Health Unit Manager at Passavant. “This session will provide people in our community with the resources they need to know how to respond to teens who may be in need of help.”

Mental Health First Aid teaches signs of addictions and mental illnesses, a five-step action plan to assess a situation and help, the impact of mental health and substance use disorders, and local resources and where to turn for help. The four hospitals of Memorial Health System and Memorial Behavioral Health are sponsoring Mental Health First Aid for communities in central Illinois.

For more information, call 217-588-7804. Register at and click on the Professional Training link.