Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues can affect any family, at any time. Buts stigmas around these issues can prevent parents from reaching out for help, for fear that they or their child will be judged.

Fortunately, there’s hope. People are breaking down barriers and talking more openly about mental illness and mental health issues. And with increased awareness and visibility comes greater access to resources for parents who struggle with these challenges.

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as depression, self-harm, and how to obtain the help your child needs.

How Can I Learn About and Respond to Mental Health Problems Students Are Facing Today?

Janice Rubin
Director of Family Life – Student Ministries
Good Shepherd Church
Naperville, IL 60565
630.961.9220 ext. 3014

Mental Health issues affect all of society in some way, shape, or form. It’s estimated that one in four Americans will have a diagnosable mental disorder at some point in their lives. That’s right, ¼ of our population. It is extremely likely that you will encounter someone in your family, workplace, school, church, or community who lives with a diagnosed mental disorder. The truth is that mental health problems are more common than heart disease, lung disease, and cancer combined.

Wouldn’t you love to:

  • dispel the stigma and discrimination of mental illness
  • and be able to offer support to someone in distress
  • be a source in helping person seek further assistance

Gaining knowledge and skills is valuable. It is important to understand that wellness and recovery are possible. If this seems like a daunting task, let’s think about it in terms of basic first aid. Knowledge and skills serve us well in navigating an emergency and can potentially prevent a medical emergency through early intervention. In 2001, MHFA Training and Research Program was developed in Australia and since has been updated for use in the U.S.

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

MHFA is an 8 hour training course designed to teach lay people methods of assisting someone who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

I encourage you to become certified in MHFA by going through the interactive 8 hour course that:

  • presents an overview of mental illness & substance use disorders in the U.S.
  • introduces participants to risk factors & warning signs
  • builds understanding of their impact, and
  • overviews common treatments.

Those who become certified as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional,
peer, social, and self-help care. Check out the MHFA website where you will that the course is offered in many locations and times. Wellness and recovery matter. You can be a part of the solution.

To register for the MHFA course, contact:
Barry Groesch, Mental Health First Aid Community Liaison
Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL

Click Here for MHFA Course Info Online