TMH to Host Mental Health First Aid Training

Taylorville Memorial Hospital will host a session to train community members to learn how to identify and respond to adults showing signs of mental illness and substance abuse. 

The session will begin at 8 a.m. on March 20th in the TMH Annex on the 2nd floor of the hospital. The $16.95 fee is to provide training materials.  You may register online at, or by calling Penny Shehadeh, Nurse Educator at TMH at 217-824-1675 or email

“Mental Health First Aid has been called ‘CPR for the mind’.  Most people know how to recognize and appropriately react to medical emergencies, but there is little knowledge in the general public about what to do in a mental health crisis,” said Shehadeh.  "This session will provide people in our community with the resources they need to know how to respond."

Mental Health First Aid teaches signs of addictions and mental illnesses, a five-step action plan to assess a situation and help, the impact of mental health and substance use disorders, and local resources and where to turn for help.

The four hospitals of Memorial Health System and Memorial Behavioral Health are sponsoring Mental Health First Aid for communities in central Illinois.

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