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Posted on: May 28, 2021

Hamilton County Health Department Teams Up with Aspire Indiana Health

Mental Health

Trio of Free Virtual Courses Designed to Strengthen Mental Health


The Hamilton County Health Department has teamed up with Aspire Indiana Health to offer a series of free virtual courses designed to help residents improve their mental health. The three-week curriculum will cover trauma after a major life event, debunk myths about suicide, and offer ways to determine a loved one’s suicide risk. 

“Life can take a toll on our mental and physical well-being, especially after the year we’ve all been through,” says Jim Ginder, health education specialist for the Hamilton County Health Department. “There is no shame in asking for help. Behavioral health can take a real toll on our quality of life if left untreated.” 

The first of three courses, Psychological First Aid, will be held on Monday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. Designed to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, the course will teach participants how to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short-term and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. To learn more and register,

The second course, Question, Persuade, Refer, is scheduled for Monday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Participants will learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to offer hope, and how to get help. To learn more and register, 

The third course is an introduction to the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). It will be held on Monday, June 28th at 7:00 p.m. Built by Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh, and supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, it offers a standard, direct way to identify people at risk for suicide through a series of simple, plain-language questions that anyone can ask. To learn more and register, 

“Mental health and substance use disorders affect the entire family,” says April Boles, Aspire Indiana’s Community Training Liaison. “This coursework can help you help others recognize how they’re feeling, seek the help they need, and recover the life they deserve. We hope you’ll join us.” 

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