Monarch Trains Arc NC Staff statewide in Mental Health First Aid
National training provided to help The Arc of NC staff statewide recognize mental health crises
Monarch and The Arc of North Carolina are partnering to offer Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to 75 clinical and administrative staff in four of The Arc’s main offices statewide - from Asheville to Wilmington - during the month of June.
Because 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 youth experience mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health, MHFA training helps to reduce stigma and increases the understanding that mental illness is real, common and treatable. The eight-hour course will give participants a five-step action plan to use in crisis situations involving individuals with mental illness or substance use disorders.
“We provide community-based supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and some of those people also have mental illness,” explained Lisa Poteat, deputy director at The Arc of North Carolina. “In most of our offices, and out in our communities, we occasionally have instances in which we rely on staff to provide a calming assistance to people we support who may be having a crisis or be on the verge of a crisis. We knew that the Mental Health First Aid training could provide some basic insights and skills for our staff. We appreciate the personal touch from Monarch and their partnership in this effort. ”
MHFA helps participants identify risk factors and warning signs of substance use disorders and mental illness such as depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, eating disorders and self-injury. Similar to CPR training, which helps laypersons without medical or clinical training to assist someone who is suffering a heart attack, MHFA training can equip a person to manage a mental health crisis, such as someone contemplating suicide or inflicting harm on others. Those who attend learn to recognize the signs of a crisis and connect individuals demonstrating or exhibiting these signs to proper professional care and resources.
To date, Monarch has provided training to approximately 400 people. For details about Monarch’s MHFA trainings or if your group or organization is interested in Mental Health First Aid Training, please call (704) 986-1578.
Established in 1958, Monarch is a not-for-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA). Monarch operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch provides support, please call (866) 272-7826 or visit www.MonarchNC.org.
The Arc of North Carolina is an advocacy and service not-for-profit organization working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families for over 60 years. The Arc is committed to securing for all people with I/DD the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they live, learn, work and play. The Arc of NC is a chapter of The Arc of the United States. For more information about The Arc of NC, please call (800) 662-8706 or visit www.ArcNC.org.