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or experienced depression or an anxiety or substance-use disorder, the individual might not know how to react. Knowing what to do doesn't always come naturally. First responders such as police, fire and medics who encounter people with mental illness during their everyday calls receive training on how to respond to someone in a mental health crisis. The firefighters at Fire Station 32 on Bryant Farm Road recently participated in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Capt. Charles Horne says the MHFA training gave his firefighters the tools to recognize behavior traits that may be destructive and teaches them how to connect people to systems already in place in the community. Free Program MHFA is a free training program to help all people — from first responders to anyone in the community — learn about and understand seven of the most common mental health diagnoses, their signs and symptoms, the risk factors and steps to intervene. Amy Rudisill, a south Charlotte resident, is the community engagement specialist with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. She has seen how knowledge and understanding of mental illness can help build healthy communities. "MHFA can have a life-changing, MHFA is a free training program to help all people — from first responders to anyone in the community. In the past two years, 2,040 Charlotte residents have received mental health training through 100 MHFA classes, such as this session presented by Novant Health. BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2018 52 Feature

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