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Mental health first aid training

Classes available in Washington County teach public to be first responders in crisis

June 14, 2014

Washington County residents will soon have the opportunity to be trained in mental health first aid, a 21st century worldwide concept that reached the U.S. in the midst of a period of mass shooting....

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Jun-15-14 4:16 PM

So your reaction to my statement of fact-emphasis on fact-is to pass judgment on me? How very immature! I'm sorry you can't handle the fact that I brought an uncomfortable truth to your attention. But you are right in one respect. Parents and family members of people with serious cases of mental illness clearly need to be educated that these people should not be allowed to have access to guns. To me that's a no brainer!

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Jun-15-14 1:40 PM

Wow. Let's hope nobody in your family ever experiences a mental health crisis. It's ignorance and judgment like this that leads mental illness to be so isolating. Grow up.

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Jun-15-14 7:35 AM

Great Post GW! I know some people who would love to hear you preach how people with mental illness are victims of stigma-the families of the victims of the Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and Santa Barbra shootings all of which were orchestrated by someone with a mental illness who was being treated by a mental health professional. Instead of bleeding heart mentality we need mental institutions to keep dangerous people off the streets.

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Jun-15-14 12:10 AM

Wow. Someone missed the entire point of this article. I'd recommend reading it again and doing some research before you post such ridiculous and hateful comments. This program is an amazing tool that is helping communities all over the country improve their mental health awareness. If you knew anything about anything, you would realize that individuals with mental health diagnoses are more likely to be VICTIMS of violent crime than to commit them. Also, part of getting this training will be learning to reduce stigma so as to maybe not say such ridiculous things on the internet. I'm looking at YOU, janeeyre1.

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Jun-14-14 9:09 AM

Are they kidding? This is only going to put innocent people in harm's way. If a dangerous person with a mental illness is having a meltdown and they can't tell reality from fantasy-I'm not going to try and reason with them, especially if they have a gun or knife. I'm going to lock myself in the nearest closet until help arrives. Too many lives have already been lost because mental health professionals have not been doing their jobs! So stop trying to make private citizens do your job for you!

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