Advocates push for mental health training

by Mike Wiggins
mike@ouraynews.com

Most people know what to do when someone has a heart attack or slips on the sidewalk and breaks an arm: Render first aid and call 911.
But what do you do when a friend or coworker seems unusually silent and withdrawn, talks about being depressed or expresses suicidal thoughts?
Those scenarios are trickier. Nobody wants to ignore someone in need, but oftentimes people may not know what to say — or may not say anything at all out of fear of saying the wrong thing.
That's why the Ouray County Public Health Agency and Tri-County Health Network are pushing to train local residents on a national program known as Mental Health First Aid.

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