Community Partners, Inc., celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month by providing mental health information and educational opportunities for the public during the month of May. Highlighting this month-long celebration, Community Partners continues its dedication to educating the public by offering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and posting useful information to its social media pages.
As one of the most committed advocates of MHFA in Arizona, Community Partners offered 3 MHFA trainings in May. MHFA teaches attendees how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. We conducted two trainings specifically for employees of the Arizona Health Care and Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). Additionally, we provided one training to the public with attendees representing behavioral health providers; the business and faith communities; Pima County Health Department, the court/legal system; community agencies; federal probation and the Tucson Fire Department.
To date, Community Partners has coordinated MHFA training for over 4,500 people in our community. This represents nearly 30 percent of the 15,000+ people trained statewide as of April 2016. Community Partners will continue to provide these informative and helpful trainings on a regular basis throughout the year. Anyone interested can visit our Training Services webpage to register for one of these free trainings.
Using our social media pages, Community Partners also disseminated information about the Eight Dimensions of Wellness (courtesy of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). It also shared details on what mental illnesses are, and more importantly, what they are not (infographics on mental illnesses). Finally, social media postings gave tips on how to help someone in need.
Community Partners will continue to provide the best psychiatric and therapeutic services possible at its outpatient clinic, Community Partnership Care Coordination (CPCC), while also providing the public with useful resources that can be used in everyday situations.