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Teaching first aid for mental health

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For decades, organizations like the American Red Cross and local fire departments have offered courses in basic first aid. Many Americans who are not in the medical field have a working knowledge of how to perform CPR. But few people are trained to give mental health first aid. That’s the aim of an ongoing training series being held this summer in Lansing.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery speaks with Mark Phillips, a recovery specialist with the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham County. He explains that mental illness is much more common than many of us may think.

Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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