Local Training to Spot Mental Illness Warning Signs

February 23, 2018 07:58 PM

(ABC 6 News )- Gun violence and mental health issues have been the main topics of conversation, since the Parkland shooting that left 17 students and adults dead.

It's estimated that 1 in 5 adults suffer from mental illness, and haven’t received the correct treatment.


On Friday, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) taught people how to help adults experiencing mental health challenges.

People learned how to spot warning signs and talk to someone going through a mental health crisis.

Margaret Akinhanmi of Rochester took the class in hopes to help her friends that may be going through a crisis.

"I stop myself and I feel bad when I think about what I could’ve done to help them, but I think that’s the point of the class," said Akinhanmi.

Courtney Lawson, Executive Director for NAMI sad the point of the class is to spread awareness and show how this class is just as important as CPR or any type of health course.

"And really what we are hoping is that this will become as common as a first aid certificate,” said Lawson.

Another session focusing on mental illness in youth will be held on March 5 at 8 am.



Lynnette Miller

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