Behavioral Health Resource Guide from MHA-RI

The Mental Health Association of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the release of our free Behavioral Health Resource Guide. It includes 24/7 hotlines, local support groups and free and sliding scale mental health services for those who are uninsured. The Guide is available in E-Book and printable formats in English and Spanish. Click on the link below to watch a special message from Executive Director, Laurie-Marie Pisciotta, discussing the Guide and the importance of taking care of your mental health.

Here are the two resources:

In addition to these guides, the COVID-19 pandemic is a mental health crisis as much as it is a medical emergency and economic disaster. Many people are struggling with mental health challenges, and as the pandemic subsides and public life opens up again, many will seek help.

In order to help increase access to mental health information and resources, MHARI is excited to collaborate with Thundermist Health Center to offer a free virtual Mental Health First Aid training on February 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The training is part of our Bridging the Divide to Emotional Wellness series and will be facilitated by Jennifer Gaviria, LCSW at Thundermist. This is the first of more training sessions to come, including training in Spanish.

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. It also reduces stigma and provides behavioral health resources to people who have never before considered treatment. This training gives participants the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, including a substance use disorder and help connect them to the appropriate care.

First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in a 5.5-hour, instructor-led videoconference.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

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