This year’s Indiana Health and Wellness Summit in Indianapolis offered attendees training in mental health first aid.
Just like CPR, people trained in mental health first aid can help someone having a mental health problem.
Wellness Council of Indiana executive director Jennifer Pferrer says her organization thought it was important to offer the training at this year’s summit.
"When we walk into our place of employment all of those stressors and concerns come with us, we don’t leave them at home," says Pferrer.
The training helps identify, address and access appropriate care. Program coordinator Christina Stafford took the class and says it gave her a better understanding.
"Even though there might not be a cure for some of the mental health issues employees are facing recovery and treatment is possible," says Stafford.
The training and numerous sessions at the summit focused on mental health as a critical part of comprehensive workplace wellness.
Pferrer says the training can serve as a tool.
"If someone is having a substance use problem, or maybe they’re so stressed they’re unable to function, supervisors and managers can pick up on those indicators," says Pferrer.
The training providers a chance to reduce stigma and increase awareness about mental health. About 400 Hoosiers involved in health and wellness programs attended the summit in Indianapolis.