Mental Health First Aid

Nick Lippa / WBFO News

Basic first aid training for things such as bleeding, frostbite, or cardiac arrest can save someone’s life. The same could be said for Mental Health First Aid, a program that teaches how to notice the signs and symptoms of mental illness and connect those in need to appropriate care. The Community Health Center of Buffalo offers a free eight-hour training course about once a month. As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, reporter Nick Lippa received the training and spoke with others from October’s session to hear what they got out of it.

Caitlin Whyte / WXXI News

There are about 20 people in a basement conference room at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, sipping coffee and playing an introductory name game. Participants will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts and more in a course called Mental Health First Aid.

These people aren’t mental health professionals. They’re agricultural workers, they’re neighbors, and they just want to help.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A mental health care provider has captured two federal grants to expand its services.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Compeer Buffalo is the recipient of more than $2 million that will aid in the midst of a mental health crisis.

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

A Buffalo Public school will be receiving funding from the State Education Department and State Office of Mental Health.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Burgard High School is one of three schools selected in the state for advancing the mental health of students.  

New mental health curriculum being taught in K-12

Sep 12, 2018
WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Teaching children about their mental health is underway in classrooms across New York State.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a new mental health curriculum has been rolled out for the new school year. 

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The Hamburg Central School District is working to make sure students with mental health issues receive proper care. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says when the new school year begins in September, every staff member in the Hamburg school District will have received mental health first aid training.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Niagara Falls City Schools superintendent is being recognized for promoting mental wellness for students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the New York State Office of Mental Health honored the Falls city school leader Tuesday in Albany.

Recognizing & handling a mental health crisis

Apr 18, 2018
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Since the Parkland, Florida school shooting there has been a high demand for Mental Health First Aid training in our community.  As part of our Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a Mental Health First Aid session at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna.