Mental Health training offered for military, veterans

Staff Report
Posted 10/24/18

Veterans, current service members and their families are invited to a counseling seminar sponsored by Community Reach at 8 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Bison Ridge Recreation Center, 13905 E. 122th Ave. in …

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Mental Health training offered for military, veterans

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Veterans, current service members and their families are invited to a counseling seminar sponsored by Community Reach at 8 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Bison Ridge Recreation Center, 13905 E. 122th Ave. in Commerce City.

The seminar is a specialized version of the eight-hour Military and Veterans Module of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) class. It is designed to focus on cultural factors related to military life. The training teaches how to identify risk factors faced by many service members and their families, such as trauma - both mental and physical - stress and depression.

The event is designed to serve more than 50 attendees in two classrooms.

“We are thrilled to bring this specifically designed module to this underserved segment of the population - those who are in military service or are veterans,” Community Reach Center Manager of Marketing and Communications Lindy Lewis said. “It is a big plus that each session is co-taught by a veteran and someone from the mental health arena.”

The Mental Health First Aid concept was developed in 2001 in Australia. The course is designed to counter stigma and teach skills to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health problems to assist those who experience depression, trauma, suicide ideation and other problems.

Military service personnel and their families can experience a variety of mental health challenges, Lewis said. Statistically, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates PTSD afflicts almost 31 percent of Vietnam veterans, as many as 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans and 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan. And overall, the majority of service members do not develop mental health issues.

The event is sponsored by the Commerce City Rotary Club in partnership with Community Reach Center.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and registration is required. Go to the Community Reach Center website at communityreachcenter.org, go to Resources and then to Mental Health First Aid to register.

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