Higher Ed to host two mental illness workshops

Staff report

Cook County Higher Education is holding two mental health trainings in May in partnership with Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Both will be presented by Amy Wood.

The first workshop, Mental Illness in the Workplace, is set for 11:30 a.m. May 7 as part of the Brown Bag Lunch Series.

“It is important for small businesses that employ people with mental illness to provide the appropriate support to these employees. Employers who have strategies in place are in a better position to support their employees during episodes of mental illness,” Wood said.

Small business should be aware of first aid techniques to assist people suffering from mental health episodes whilst on the business’ premises. It is also useful for businesses to know what services for mental illness exist in their local area. Much of this will be discussed, as well as other related topics.

At 6 p.m. May 7 at Higher Ed’s campus on West Third Street, Wood will present Suicide Prevention Awareness.

This workshop focuses on how to identify the warning signs and risk factors of suicide, how to ask a person if they are suicidal, and where to refer them for professional help.

Both programs are free and open to the public. Call Higher Ed at (218) 387-3411 for more information or to sign up.

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