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Stepping Out of the Vacuum and Into the Community

October 18, 2018 | Mental Health First Aid | Comments

Michael Allora

Retired Deputy Fire Chief and Mental Health First Aid Instructor

The following post originally ran on the Mental Health First Aid Blog. We don’t provide our services in a vacuum. We are people who provide services to other people. And like many first responders across the country, the Clifton Fire Department in Clifton, N.J., is seeing an increasing number of calls from people who are […]

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The Many Faces of Mental Illness

September 24, 2018 | Mental Health First Aid | Suicide | Comments

Nicholas Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health.

The following post originally ran on the Mental Health First Aid Blog. The face of mental illness can be deceptive, hidden behind big smiles, wide eyes and exuberant expressions forced into place to avoid detection. Millions of people every day wear a rehearsed look of “all is right with the world.” Many muster the courage […]

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What Comes Next? How To Find the Right Therapist

September 21, 2018 | Mental Health First Aid | Comments

Franziska Ross

National Council for Behavioral Health

The following post originally ran on the Mental Health First Aid Blog. Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to understand, recognize and respond to people who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis and connect people to care, if necessary. But what happens after people make the decision to see a […]

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National Council Partners With Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Offer Youth Mental Health First Aid

September 11, 2018 | Mental Health First Aid | Suicide | Comments

Susan Milstrey Wells

National Council for Behavioral Health

The following blog originally ran on the Mental Health First Aid Blog. The National Council for Behavioral Health is proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to train local club staff in Youth Mental Health First Aid. The eight-hour course teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and […]

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Singing to a Different Tune: How Logan Lynn Breaks Stigma With Music

August 10, 2018 | Mental Health First Aid | Wellness | Comments

Cory Gunkel

Social Media Manager, The National Council for Behavioral Health

Logan Lynn sometimes has unspeakable thoughts. The versatile artist, whose music career has spanned more than 20 years, will often experience moments when he can’t quite communicate what he’s thinking, how he feels or why he feels it. It can be a paralyzing and terrifying conundrum, and one that is far too familiar to the […]

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The Story of Two Mothers

Becky Vaughn

Vice President, Addictions, National Council for Behavioral Health

This post is adapted from comments shared at the Atlantic Summit on Mental Health and Addiction held on April 12 in Washington, DC. View a full summary of the event, including video of the event, here. I want to tell you the story of two mothers. Susan has a 13 year old son.  She started noticing […]

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Born This Way: A Young Person’s Experience with Mental Health First Aid

August 27, 2015 | Mental Health First Aid | Comments

Alexa Branco

Born This Way Foundation Ambassador

High school student and Born This Way Foundation ambassador Alexa Branco talks about her experience taking a Mental Health First Aid course. On a typical Tuesday, you can usually find me performing a number of tedious tasks, whether it’s trudging through work or cleaning my forever-messy room. However, Tuesday, August 11 was different—I found myself […]

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Mental health issues don’t take the day off

July 21, 2015 | Mental Health First Aid | Comments

Danielle Poole

Communications Specialist, National Council for Behavioral Health

*Reprinted from Aetna Health Section. Mental health issues don’t stay at home. They don’t take a vacation and they seldom take a day off. Untreated, mental health problems can translate into job performance issues, workplace accidents, staff turnover and absenteeism. Depression alone is estimated to cause 200 million lost workdays each year at a cost […]

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4 Ways You Can Support Veterans Living With PTSD in Your Community

Danielle Poole

Communications Specialist, National Council for Behavioral Health

With Independence Day upon us, learn some ways you can help support those who have served our country. 1)  Put it in context Although the prevalence of PTSD is higher among returning veterans than in the general population, the vast majority of service members will return without the disorder. 2) Be sensitive to signs and […]

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We’ve got your back.

Jake Bowling

Director, Practice Improvement

When I was eighteen, like many young folks, I left my hometown in the coal fields of West Virginia to pursue a college degree. Energized by the prospect of being independent, meeting new people, and following my passion for religion and theology, I loaded my Chevy up and headed two hours north to a small […]

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