Newton UMC Mental Health Training for Pastors



Central Mississippi Residential Center (CMRC) is proud to be piloting the first Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program in Newton. CMRC has trained two qualified staff members to improve mental health literacy in the community -- helping others to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

Many things cause trauma in one's life.  Psychological trauma is just as prevalent and damaging as cuts, breaks and bruising.  Psychological trauma however leaves no tell-tale signs of damage such as open wounds or bent limbs.  Those in the helping professions would not hesitate to bind up or bandage the obvious wound and many make preparations to be able to perform at least minimum care in these instances.  MHFA is a step toward equipping its participants to be able to offer the same care for the psychological trauma that people experience.  Great strides must take place to enable those injured to make it to those who can offer them the help they need.


During this course participants will learn:

  • The prevalence of mental illnesses in the U.S. and their emotional and economic cost.
  • The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.
  • A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis to connect to professional care.
  • Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.
The course will be held at the Newton United Methodist Church on August 13, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The cost per person for this eight-hour course is $65.00. However, CMRC is offering this course to our area pastors for only $15.00 per person which will cover the cost of the manual you will receive. If you would like to attend or need more information, please contact Debbie Coghlan at 601-683-4253. (Course limited to 26 participants.)






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