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Faith Communities Are Saving Lives with Mental Health First Aid

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.

Many faith communities are at the front lines of the fight for better mental health. A faith community – whether a mosque, church, synagogue or temple – provides a space for people to connect with others and to find and give support in trying times. More and more, faith communities are bringing Mental Health First Aid trainings to their members to improve mental health, raise awareness and save lives. Read more…

Learn more and register for our Interfaith Mental Health First Aid Certification Training on Saturday, February 23, 2019

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 System, American Islamic College, AMAN-American Muslims Assisting Neighbors, Arab American Family Services, Catholic Theological Union, AMEL Education, LLC, Ansaar Services,Chicago Muslim Medical Alliance, Connecting Women Media, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, ICNA Relief, IL Muslim Civic Coalition, Inner City Muslim Action Network, Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs, Lake Shore Muslim Community Center, Muslim Community Center, National Alliance on Mental Illness Cook County North Suburban, Northshore Unitarian Church, Raaz Inc, R & R Event Management,Sanjeevani 

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.

CONTACT: Iman Jandali | ijandali@amhp.us | (510) 914-8935

TICKETS: $25 before Wenesday, Feb 13 ($35 after)

Learn more and register for our Interfaith Mental Health First Aid Certification Training on Saturday, February 23, 2019

*Please note all tickets are final and nonrefundable

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