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2017 Summer Sessions begin next week – free courses on mental health issues, trends in substance abuse and coping strategies

(Mullica Hill, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with the Gloucester County Mental Health Board and the Gloucester County Addictions Task Force are hosting the 2017 Summer Sessions, courses to provide information to loved ones, colleagues and neighbors information about mental health issues, trends in substance abuse and coping strategies. 

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the county's Mental Health Board and Addictions Task Force, said, "It is our hope that we can provide useful information that can help parents and family members learn how to spot substance abuse, help loved ones cope with mental health problems, and learn about the journey of recovery." 

These trainings will be held at the Mullica Hill branch of the Gloucester County Library.  All Sessions are free, but registration is required.  Breakfast starts at 8 a.m., program starts at 9 a.m. 

Emerging Trends in Substance Abuse – This full day course will provide the latest information on legal and illegal drugs.  Course will cover a variety of topics including prescription drug abuse, vaping, marijuana, heroin and more.  Parents will learn what to look for, and how to talk to kids about drugs in an effective way.  The course ends with a panel of experts ready to answer your questions.

May 10 https://emerging-trends.eventbrite.com

Aug. 9 https://emerging-trends2.eventbrite.com 

Mental Health First Aid - Learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health problems. Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.  Must attend both sessions for certification.

May 24 & June 14 https://gc-mh-first-aid.eventbrite.com 

Family Stories of Hope and Recovery - Hear stories of hope and recovery from our fellow residents.   Additionally, you will see a performance, from the Mental Health Players, depicting family coping strategies, and the   individual experience of mental illness. These stories will inspire you to continue your road to recovery and change-work, begin the journey, or help a loved one.  During the day you will also gain information about how to take the first steps to receive help, and have the opportunity to interact with our panel of experts at the end of the session.

Aug. 23 https://hope-and-recovery.eventbrite.com

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