Vernon, B.C. — Turning Points Collaborative Society staff and management recently participated in mental health first aid training.

The two-day course provided valuable tools and insights into the world of mental health; what is mental health; how it affects individuals, and what can be done to support somebody who is in a mental health crisis, living with a mental illness, or is struggling with their mental health.

For many Turning Points employees the course expanded upon pre-existing mental health first aid training, however, for others, it was an introduction to the often misunderstood and feared world of mental health.

“By providing our employees with the tools and knowledge to recognize and address acute mental health issues in our community, we have given them the confidence to reach out and help someone who might be suffering, perhaps even in silence,” explained Turning Points Collaborative Society executive director, Randene Wejr.

In Canada, one in three people will experience mental illness in their lifetime.
Some mental health problems are more common than many physical health problems. While people often know a lot about physical illness, many people have little knowledge about mental illness.

“We must approach mental health first aid the same way we approach physical first aid,” said Wejr. “This training will help save someone’s life.”

The training is designed to provide better initial support to someone who is developing a mental health problem, has a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis.

The mental health first aid training was conducted by Andrew James Norton and Associates.