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Community Education

MHATC’s Community Education Program works with consumers, family members and the public to raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health and mental illness. We arrange and/or provides workshops, forums, presentations, symposia, and opportunities for dialogue in order to accomplish this end. We also prepare and present information concerning specific topics and areas of interest as requested by individuals, groups and organizations.

Mental Health First Aid, 8hr course:
Monthly at MHA’s offices and upon request, Youth and Adult versions available
This course teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.
http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) training:
Weekly at the Jenkins Center, Cayuga Medical Center, the Tompkins County Jail, and upon request
This is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.
http://mentalhealthrecovery.com/wrap-is/

Literature:
Available upon request, free of charge
Guide to Mental Health Resources for Older Adults, Recovery
A brief list and explanation of services in Tompkins County valuable to the individual seeking to return to the community after hospitalization, or to recover from some of the debilitating aspects of mental illness.
Mental Health is Crazy: A Mental health Guide for Teens.

To learn more about MHA’s Community Education Program, special projects, upcoming events, or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Jacob Parker Carver by phone at 607-273-9250, or by email at JPC@mhaedu.org