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Youth Mental Health First Aid course held in Quincy

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Community members had a chance to learn how to make a difference in someone's life on Thursday.

An eight hour course in Youth Mental Health First Aid was held in Quincy. Organizers say those who attended learned the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and what kind of interventions can be done to help someone.

Organizers say there are a lot of people in the community who work with young people on a daily basis, and this course would benefit them.

"We just hope that a lot of people will show some interest in getting into some of our future classes," Cindy Vahle, with Transitions of Western Illinois, said. "Because no matter where we are we come into contact with people and this helps everybody in our community."

Vahle says at least one in five people have some kind of mental health disorder in any given year.

"And a lot of those people don't get any kind of treatment," Vahle said. "But what we are finding is that if people are more comfortable in talking with them about their problems and helping them connect to services we have a much higher rate of people getting services and getting services earlier."

This was the seventh training course since organizers started it in 2011. So as of Thursday, 137 people have been certified on mental health first aid.

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