May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Spindletop Center (formerly Spindletop Mental Health, Mental Retardation) will host a mental health first aid workshop from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM, Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20 at the Center’s North Campus, 655 S. 8th St., in Beaumont.

The course is limited to 40 participants. Cost for the workshop is $100, and participants may receive credit hours toward continuing education requirements. Law enforcement members who will be taking the course for TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education) credit may qualify for a special $45 rate. For questions about the Mental Health First Aid Workshop or to register, call (409) 784-5483 or (409) 784-5492.

Participants will learn the risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses such as anxiety, depression, psychosis and addiction; engage in demonstrations that build understanding of the impact of illness; and learn information about treatment and support. This course is designed to increase participants’ mental health “literacy.

After completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Identify the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of MH problems

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the prevalence of various mental health and substance use disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in our communities.

3. Demonstrate how to apply the 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the crisis situation to select and implement appropriate interventions and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional treatment providers.