Chancellor Lee D. Lambert has announced that Pima Community College will provide Mental Health First Aid trainings to the public later this month.
“We are honored to collaborate with the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona to make this training available to the public free of charge,” Chancellor Lambert said. “It is another way for PCC to serve our community and to advance the dialogue regarding a vitally important issue.”
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches people how to help someone with a mental health problem. The training helps people to identify, understand and respond to those with signs of mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders.
This is the first time the College has offered Mental Health First Aid training to the public. About 250 PCC employees have taken the training.
The public can choose between two training schedules. The first training will be in Room J-G05 of West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, on Jan. 21 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The second will take place over two days, on Jan. 27 and 28, from 8 a.m.-noon each day, in Room A109-112 of Community Campus, 401 N. Bonita Ave.
Classes are limited to 40 participants each. To register, call 206-4624.
The free training offered by PCC is part of a community-wide series of initiatives to move forward from the tragic events of Jan. 8, 2011. Other events being held this month include:
- BEYOND, a community-wide outdoor festival on Jan. 11. (www.beyond-tucson.org)
- Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s Move a Million Miles wellness campaign (http://www.mayorrothschild.com/initiatives/health-wellness/walk-100-miles-with-the-mayor/)
- Concert for Civility, a fundraiser for the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding on Sunday, Jan. 19 at Hotel Congress.