Worcester Health Department Receives Employee Innovation Award PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, MD- Last month, Worcester County Health Department staff received an Employee Team Innovation Award from the Maryland Department of Health for their work as instructors for local Mental Health and Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings. 
The motto of MHFA is that, “Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage or CPR. Sometimes, you are the first aid,” something the trainers constantly advocated for during the classes. The State recognized Worcester Health MHFA instructors for their creativity and commitment towards advancing awareness of mental health issues. Their ongoing goal is to best prepare members of the community, first responders, and public health workers on how to handle encounters with individuals who may be in a mental health crisis.
“This team is shedding light on how to handle those encounters with compassion, knowledge, and skills that will enable us to eliminate the stigma around mental illness,” said Michael Trader, Behavioral Health Program Manager at Worcester Health and a certified MHFA instructor. 
In 2016 alone, Worcester Health instructors have trained 127 people in MHFA or Youth MHFA. Classes are free. The next Mental Health First Aid Training Class will be held from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on July 25 at the Atlantic Club in Ocean City, MD. For additional information or like to register, please contact Michael Trader at 410-632-1100.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 July 2017 09:16

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