Mental Health First Aid class held at St. John’s Episcopal Church

Just as people need professional help with physical ills and pains, it is equally true that people need professional help with mental health or substance abuse problems. But do we always know how to help family or friends if we know they are suffering?

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Center hosted an eight-hour Mental Health First Aid class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The presenters/instructors were Paul Wick and Bob Flick, both of whom have had years of experience counseling troubled souls and who are Certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors.

Paul and Bob trained us in how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or who is experiencing a mental health crisis. The course is aimed at teaching how to provide INITIAL help to a person who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or who is in crisis.

The class was both enjoyable, as well as instructional. The attendees got acquainted with people previously unknown to them, which is always a pleasure. The instructors interspersed lecture times with entertaining videos and interactive activities.

Mental Health First Aid class members were provided with a manual which came free with the course. Also provided at no cost to the participants, breakfast and a delicious lunch.

To learn more about this course, access the website at