Date(s) - 03/28/2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


This program has been postponed.  The new date is to be determined.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS PROGRAM, thank you for your interest.


Georgia Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council will be offering a free Mental Health First Aid Training at UUCG.  This is open to everyone.   Aisha Northington, CPS, WHWC is the instructor and Bill Benshoof is the organizer.  Please register online.  Lunch will be provided.  A $5 donation is requested for lunch.

We will learn to:

  •  Identify potential sources of support and practice offering these supports to the people we are helping,
  • learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns,
  • learn strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and
  • where to turn for professional help.

We will learn how to use the ALGEE abbreviation for a process that helps folks decide their next steps:

  •  (A)ssess for risk of suicide or harm
  •  (L)isten nonjudgmentally,
  • (G)ive reassurance and information,
  • (E)ncourage appropriate professional help, and
  • (E)ncourage self-help and other support strategies.

We will cover these types of problems:

  • Depression and mood disorders,
  • anxiety disorders,
  • trauma,
  • psychosis, and
  • substance use disorders.

We will address these specific events:

  •  Panic attacks,
  • suicidal thoughts or behaviors,
  • nonsuicidal self-injury,
  • acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions),
  • overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use, and
  • reaction to a traumatic event.

Some of the techniques are in this video: