New mental health support available for Hoosier workplaces


Staff Reports

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Wellness Council of Indiana has launched a new mental health support for Hoosier employers called the Mental Health First Aid training series.

Council staff members are certified instructors teaching how to identify the risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and to connect individuals to the appropriate care.

“The past two years have really brought mental health concerns and needs to the forefront, and this program is a timely and convenient vehicle for employers to assist their workers in this area,” said Jennifer Pferrer, executive director of the Wellness Council.

“This training takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people how to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder,” she said.

Participants can engage in training by attending one of three virtual group sessions scheduled April 13, July 21 or Nov. 9. A two-hour, self-paced online module must be completed before taking part in one of the live Zoom instructions to receive certification.

Employers also may bring MHFA instruction directly onsite to their workplace for individualized and private training.


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