Over the past three years, this office has been involved in a federal grant that has provided Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings over a four-county area. 2,030 people in Vermilion, Iroquois, Edgar, and Clark counties have received the training. That grant ended September 30th, and all the goals for the grant were met.
With the support of a grant from the Vermilion Healthcare Foundation, the VCMHB office will continue the trainings in Vermilion County. In addition to the Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings, this grant will also cover Adult trainings. Beth Knecht, of Hoopeston, who has served as the Project Director for the federal grant, will serve in that same role in this continued effort. She will also be an instructor for both trainings, as will Jim Russell, Executive Director of the VCMHB.
The first public Youth Mental Health First Aid Training of the new grant is scheduled for October 15th, from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, at the Vermilion County Health Department in Danville. The first Adult Mental Health First Aid Training will be held on November 8th, from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, at the Vermilion County Health Department in Danville. Please call Beth Knecht at (217) 516-2298 to register, or with any questions. You can also call Jim Russell at (217) 443-3500 with any questions.