Bridgeway to offer mental health first aid training

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By Heather Osbourne | 315-4440 | @heatheronwfdn |

FORT WALTON BEACH — Bridgeway Center will offer its third annual mental health first aid training in January and February.

Just as CPR training helps people assist someone having a heart attack, Bridgeway Center instructor Tina Griffith said the mental health first aid training teaches people how to help someone experiencing mental health or a substance abuse-related crisis.

“It trains you to know the warning signs as a non-professional to help someone who’s going through a mental crisis,” Griffith said. “They get educated on self-help strategies and where people can go to get professional help.”

Griffith said the classes are free but space is limited. 

“It’s been really successful,” Griffith said. “The goal of our classes is to reduce the stigma of mental health. We really focus on depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and substance abuse.”

The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem, Griffith said.

Want to attend?


When: Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Where: Niceville Community Center, 204 N. Partin Drive

Cost: Free 

Apply here:

Fort Walton Beach

When: Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Soundside Wellness Center, 205 Shell Ave

Cost: Free

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