TCC offers course to help community deal with mental health, substance abuse issues

Posted at 5:52 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 14:51:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - When it comes to helping those around you deal with mental health issues, there's a class for that.

Tallahassee Community College is offering a Mental Health First Aid course. The goal is to help people better understand mental health and substance abuse issues.

Those who take part learn a five-step action plan to help friends, family, co-workers and neighbors cope in a crisis situation.

"What we know about adult mental health issues is that it impacts about one in five adults in the United States over the course of their lifetime," said Jennifer Barr, TCC's Director of Student Services. "Often times, people don't seek help so it's really important that if we notice that someone might be struggling or experiencing signs and symptoms of mental illness that we have a few things that we can say to help link them to appropriate help." 

Community members can still sign up for the Mental Health First Aid course. It will be held on Saturday, August 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development on TCC's main campus. Those who complete the requirements will be eligible to receive certification from Mental Health First Aid USA.

The course costs $69 and registration is limited to 25 individuals. For information on how to register, contact Kristina Finch at (850) 201-8069 or