First Aid is no longer just for cuts and bruises that can be seen on the outside of the body--researchers are now recognizing the importance of Mental Health First Aid. Thanks to a grant from the North Dakota Community Foundation, the Ranch can use the Mental Health First Aid curriculum to train all of its employees.
Mental Health First Aid training teaches the skills people need to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance abuse challenges and crises, and to connect those in need with appropriate support and resources.
The North Dakota Community Foundation granted funds to the Ranch to send one staff member, Alyssa Edwards, to Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training. After her training is complete, Alyssa will be able to train other Ranch staff, both current and future, in these very important skills--skills they can use to enhance well-being of kids at the Ranch and within their families and communities.
Pictured above: Alyssa Edwards (left) is well on her way to obtaining her Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training, thanks to the generous donation from the North Dakota Community Foundation. Kevin Dvorak (middle), President, North Dakota Community Foundation presents and her supervisor Kira MacKay, RN (right).