Editor’s note: The date and time of this event have been updated.
The Speedy Foundation and Optum Idaho will offer a free mental-health first aid training in Spanish next month in Caldwell.
The session will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 16 at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare building at 3402 Franklin Road, Caldwell.
“Signs of mental illness can be difficult to detect, and even when we know something is amiss, we may not know what steps to take. This training helps people identify those signs and get their loved ones the appropriate care,” said Shannon Decker, co-founder of The Speedy Foundation. “Our family experienced this firsthand with my cousin, Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson, a three-time Olympian skier who grew up in Boise. Jeret was an accomplished athlete and a loving, caring and outgoing young man. He also battled depression and took his life in July 2011 at age 29.”
Trainees learn common warning signs of mental-health issues, how to identify warning signs of harm or suicide and how to respond. They also learn how to recognize and respond if friends, family members or colleagues have mental, emotional and substance-use issues.
Law enforcement workers, teachers, coaches, first responders, clergy and others can take the trainings as well.