By Wendy Blanchard
With Mental Health Awareness week approaching, the MHA of Rockland is excited to announce the release of the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.’s (MHANYS) training program, Mental Health & Wellness 101! MHA’s Wendy Blanchard was honored to be a part of creating this training as a resource and support for the newly implemented New York State Mental Health Education Law which began on July 1. New York is the first state to implement this law.
MHANYS asks “Why is it important to talk about mental health and wellness?”
The median time between the onset of mental illness (when symptoms first appear) and when an individual gets appropriate treatment is 10 years. During that time, a person is likely experiencing periods of increased symptomology and periods of wellness. Mental Health and recovery are dependent on an individual’s ability to recognize and manage where they are each day on the continuum between wellness and illness, and to take care accordingly. Education and early intervention promotes wellness and leads to better outcomes.
MHA of Rockland is now offering training sessions which are approximately 90 minutes long, including a Q & A session.
Goals of the Training:
- Increase basic knowledge of mental health to help reduce stigma.
- Understand Mental Health as a continuum of wellness that defines us every day — it is illness, recovery and all of the space in between.
- Promote wellness, treatment seeking behavior, recovery and self-care.
Ideas for training location/audience:
- Community events or civic organizations (libraries, wellness conferences, etc.)
- Workplace wellness (chamber of commerce events, business “lunch and learn”, etc.)
- Staff development (schools, hospitals, community service providers, etc.)
For more information, or to schedule a Mental Health and Wellness 101 training, please contact Wendy Blanchard, M.S., CHHC, CPS, Client & Family Advocate and Community Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 845-267-2172 Ext. 296. Wendy will also be a speaker and panelist at the MHANYS Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools, Healthy New York Conference on October 17th in Albany!