You may know how to offer CPR, but are you ready to offer First Aid in a mental health crisis?

Mental Health First Aid is the initial help given to a person showing signs or symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid is provided until appropriate professional or other help can be engaged.

The NE Iowa Peace and Justice Center is hosting a free mental health first-aid training for anyone high school age or above. The training is Saturday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Participants must commit to both days).

The training will teach you:

• How to support an individual experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate professional help arrives.

• The prevalence of mental illness in the U.S. and the emotional and economic cost.

• The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and substance use disorders.

• A five-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to appropriate professional care.

• Resources available to help someone with a mental health concern.

The training is free (normal fee is $50) due to the generous co-sponsorship of Winneshiek County CPC, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children and the Community Circle of Care.

Individuals are welcome, as are members of school or faith communities, or organizations.

To register, call Nancy Papin at 563-583-5545 or email For more information, call the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center at 563-382-5337.