Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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FREE MHFA CLASS AT SARA'S Y Ballantyne residents can attend a free Mental Health First Aid class at Sara's YMCA, 15940 Brixham Hill Ave. The class is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, and will be taught by Lisa Kolkmann, an Atrium Health instructor. Thirty seats are available and lunch is provided. Sign up for the class at https://bit.ly/2rzLzr2. For more information, call 704-631-1000 or email mhfa@carolinashealthcare.org. positive impact on a person," Rudisill says. The MHFA program was developed in 2001 by a health education nurse and mental health literacy professor in Australia and has been adapted for programs in 25 other countries. In the United States, the program is coordinated through the National Council for Behavioral Health and more than one million people have been trained. In 2015, Mental Health America of Central Carolinas (MHA) initiated a partnership with other organizations offering MHFA to the community. As a collaborative, MHA, Atrium Health, Novant Health and Cardinal Innovations coordinate training efforts and take on large-scale projects in the city and surrounding counties. In the past two years, 2,040 community members have been trained through 100 classes in the greater Charlotte area. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers, Mecklenburg County Sheriff 's Office sworn deputies and the Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) firefighters have participated in the eight-hour course. MHFA's curriculum uses the mnemonic device, ALGEE, to help class participants remember the five-step action plan. ALGEE is also the name of the MHFA program's koala bear mascot. ALGEE stands for: Assess for risk of suicide or harm, Listen nonjudgmentally, Give reassurance and information, Encourage appropriate professional help and Encourage self- help and other support strategies. Amy Rudisill Class participants learn the mnemonic device, ALGEE, to remember MHFA's fi ve-step action plan. ALGEE is also the name of the program's koala bear mascot. Courtesy of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Courtesy of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2018 53 Feature

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