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Alaska Will Lead the Nation in Comprehensive Mental Health First Aid Training

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, October 31, 2013 – Alaska Primary Care Association, (www.alaskaapca.org), The Trust (www.mhtrust.org) and The Trust Training Cooperative (www.trusttrainingcoop.org) will facilitate Alaska’s first Mental Health First Aid ‘Train the Trainer’ event Nov. 4 - 8, 2013, at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium campus in Anchorage, Alaska. Individuals from communities all across Alaska were selected to attend based on their commitment to reducing the stigma of mental health issues and providing frontline support to individuals in need of care.

“Mental Health First Aid training has resulted in very positive outcomes globally,” said David D’Amato, senior director of health policy for Alaska Primary Care Association (APCA). “In Alaska, however, it’s critical. Comprehensive care is often not immediately available because individuals are in remote communities and have limited access to care, and often facilities are underresourced to serve behavioral health needs. This training will be retaught again and again, growing our network of educated individuals and support for those who need it.”

The training will be taught by instructors from the National Council on Mental Health First Aid in Washington D.C. Attendees will be certified to give classes in Mental Health First Aid and have committed to teaching three classes per year for three years.

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, go to www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

About the Alaska Primary Care Association

Alaska Primary Care Association (APCA) is a nonprofit association dedicated to the creation of healthy communities in Alaska through the support of vibrant and effective Community Health Centers (CHCs). APCA works with CHCs and partners to promote, expand and optimize access to primary care for all Alaskans. Access to primary care reduces health care costs overall and results in a healthier and more productive population.

Alaska Primary Care Association

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