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Fulton County Hosts Mental Health First-Aid Training to Address Mental Illness Among Senior Adults | Print |

The Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health will sponsor a 2-day Mental Health First-Aid training session for seniors interested in learning how to recognize early signs and symptoms of mental illness. The 2-day training will take place Thursday, October 20 and Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 9:00am until 4:00pm at the Cosby Spear Memorial Towers-Commons located at 335 North Avenue, NE, in Atlanta 30308.  The class is open to senior adults who register by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (404) 728-4558.

According to the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education organization, as many as 3 out of every 100 people over the age of 65 suffer from clinical depression and the suicide rate is twice as high in this population compared to other age groups. The Georgia Department of Human Resources reports that for the state, annual suicide rates are highest among Georgia’s seniors, 75-84 years of age, at a rate of nearly 23 per 100,000 deaths, compared to a rate of nearly 11 per 100,000 deaths for all Georgians.

Mental Health First-Aid is offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  The first-aid is given until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis resolves.

The Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression will be presenting the course to interested older adults residing in AHA and other Fulton County affordable independent housing facilities. Registration is required. 


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