The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) has joined American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) and its partners to offer an Interfaith Mental Health First Aid Certification Training on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based 8-hour certification program, which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, and addictions, and builds understanding of their impact. Similar to how CPR training helps a layperson assist an individual following a heart attack, MHFA teaches non-mental health professionals how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and/or who are in the early stages of a mental health disorder.
The ultimate objective is to identify and triage individuals who might be suffering from mental health issues in our homes, schools, and communities. Luminaries such as Michelle Obama have taken the training and have testified to its empowerment of individuals to help others deal with mental health issues.
DATE: Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Catholic Theological Union | 5401 South Cornell Avenue | Chicago, IL 60615
AUDIENCE: The one-day training is appropriate for a wide variety of audiences, including but not limited to: members of faith communities and their leaders, youth directors, clergy, community health workers, employers and business leaders, law enforcement personnel, educators, parents, medical providers (e.g., nurses, medical assistants) etc.
PARTNERS: Advocate Health Care | Affinity Health | AMAN-American Muslims Assisting Neighbors | AMEL Education, LLC | American Islamic College | Ansaar Services | Arab American Family Services | Catholic Theological Union | CDRS Pakistan | Chicago Muslim Medical Alliance | Connecting Women Media | Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago | Humanitarian Relief Foundation | ICNA Relief | IL Muslim Civic Coalition | Inner City Muslim Action Network | Interfaith Mental Health Coalition | Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs | J’adore | Lake Shore Muslim Community Center | Moms on the Move | Muslim Community Center-Interfaith & Outreach Committee | Muslim Women’s Alliance | National Alliance on Mental Illness Cook County North Suburban | Niagara Foundation | Northshore Unitarian Church | R & R Event Management | Raaz Inc. | Sanjeevani 4 U | Women’s Empowerment Chicago
TRAINER: Abeda Khanam: Named the 2015 Hometown Hero in Education, Abeda Khanam is a science teacher with the New York City Department of Education. Abeda is also a chaplain with the New York State Chaplain Task Force. She is a parental engagement columnist and advocate in the areas of family values, social justice, and mental health. She teaches Mental Health First Aid to her fellow New Yorkers, with the goal of creating robust families and resilient communities.
TICKETS: $25 before Wenesday, Feb 13 ($35 after)
*Please note all tickets are final and nonrefundable