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Mental Health First Aid Training

September 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - September 13, 2022 @ 8:00 pm CDT

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults. Join FORGE and Rob Vallentine for a two part training to develop skills for supporting people in crisis.
Trans and nonbinary communities often support each other. Many of us and our loved ones experience challenges with our mental health. This course will help people learn how to identify symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges, interact and connect with a person in crisis, and support others in accessing the care that they need.
The training involves a two-hour pre-training self-paced course, and two three-hour workshops (6:00 – 9:00 PM Eastern on September 12th and 13th).
Please register for Mental Health First Aid Training at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MHFirstAid22
Registration will close two weeks before the training, on August 29th, 2022.
Presenters: Rob Vallentine and Suzanne Pearlman
Rob Vallentine is an Executive in Residence at Saginaw Valley State University. Rob’s corporate career at Dow, a Fortune 50 company spanned more than 30 years, with various executive roles in business management, community leadership and corporate philanthropy. Rob retired from Dow in December 2019 as president of the Dow Company Foundation.
Rob is a certified trainer for Corporate Mental Health First Aid program and the Community Mental Health First Aid program. Over the last several years, Rob has become a community advocate, focused on breaking the stigma of mental health by sharing his own story of hope, healing and growth with thousands of people around the world.
Rob serves on the National Advisory Board for the University of Michigan Depression Center and the National Advisory Council for the National Network of Depression Centers. Rob also serves on Shelterhouse (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center – Midland, MI) and MenHealing Board of Directors and is a member of Huntington Bank Advisory Board.
Suzanne Pearlman is a nationally-recognized specialist in curriculum development, training programs, and subject matter expert in cultural adaptations of standardized curricula.
Suzanne is a National Trainer of Mental Health First Aid curriculums (adult, youth, corporate) and has led several statewide grants, initiatives, and award-winning programs for the State of New Mexico’s Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health.
Suzanne’s innovative curriculum development has addressed programs targeted to infant mental health, wraparound programming, youth and family engagement, as well as specialized content for Native American populations, and National Service organizations.


September 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm CDT
September 13, 2022 @ 8:00 pm CDT
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