Over the last two years, community stakeholders from Chicago’s west and south side participated in free mental health training sessions with a goal of reducing the stigma of mental health and addiction, increasing awareness and knowledge, and providing information about resources available in the community. Since the beginning of 2017, over 1,300 stakeholders have been trained. Training evaluations, provided by UIC’s Jane Addams College of Social Work, found that participants walk away from trainings with:
- Decreased stigma associated with mental health and addiction;
- Increased knowledge of mental health;
- Increased self-confidence in taking actions to help someone in need; and,
- Increased knowledge and comfortability in recognizing how and when to contact a specially trained police officer in a mental health crisis.
To read more about the project, research and outcomes, CLICK HERE.
In 2019, the work will continue on Chicago’s south side. Free training is available to all Chicagoans who live or work on Chicago’s mid- or far-south side as a part of the Mental Health Public Awareness Initiative.
Mental Health First Aid Trainings
This 8-hour training provides proven practices that will help you recognize the early signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorder. You will learn how to listen without judgement, and respond to and help someone in distress until they can get the professional care they may need.
All training participants receive a three-year certification in Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health Awareness Trainings
This 2.5 hour training helps participants identify signs and symptoms of mental illness, reduce stigma, understand recovery and treatment, and how to help during a mental health crisis.
All training participants receive a certificate of completion in Mental Health Awareness.
- Crisis Intervention Team Resource Card: CLICK
- Smart 911: CLICK
- South Side Resource Card: CLICK
- NAMI Chicago Help Line: 833-NAMI-CHI (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-12pm)
- Crisis Text Line: text CONNECT to 741741 (24/7 text message support for those in crisis)
- National Suicide Prevention Line:1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)