The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the mental health first aid program offered by Taylorville Memorial Hospital, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.
Glen Coate, who is a registered nurse at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, teaches the class for first responders and others dealing with those who may have mental health issues. Coate said the class helps those attendees feel more comfortable in dealing with someone with a mental health crisis.
Coate added that everyone has been touched in dealing with friends or loved ones who have been thru a mental health crisis, adding that there is less stigma today about education and treatment of mental health issues.
During the question and answer session, Coate told Kiwanis members that there are more mental health problems today, particularly in youth, due to smartphones and social media, adding that they prevent kids from communicating face to face.
As a whole, Coate says society is angrier as a result.
The class will next be offered at T-M-H on September 18th, with a nominal charge.
Pictured from the left is Coates, Kiwanis program chair Raedena Ryan, and Kiwanis president Martin Vota.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.