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The South Metro Health Alliance (SMHA) and Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network (ADMHN) are offering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training classes in March and April in Littleton and Englewood.

MHFA training is an eight-hour interactive course that is designed to give members of the public the essential skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. It helps those who are trained to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorder. This internationally recognized training introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.

The Littleton class will be held next week on March 10-11, and the Englewood class on April 29.  Seating is limited, and registration is required online at www.smhaco/meetings, or contact Traci Jones, SMHA communications specialist, at 303-793-9615, or e-mail for more details and to reserve your place.

SMHA is a network of health care providers  and community-based organizations that serve the uninsured and underinsured in Arapahoe and Douglas counties (with the exception of Aurora), with a mission of uniting the community for better access to health care for all.  ADMHN provides a wide variety of mental health and substance abuse services, including individual, family, marital and group counseling, therapy, groups, psychiatry, emergency and residential treatment programs.

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