Saint Leo University is invested in the communities it serves throughout the United States and has been offering mental health first aid courses at University Campus and education center locations for several years. Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack, mental health first aid helps assist someone experiencing a mental-health-related crisis.
On February 4, the training was offered at the Gainesville (FL) Education Center. Participants learned risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Dr. Nancy Wood, associate professor of human services and director of the graduate human services administration program, taught the course and was interviewed by WCJB-TV.