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ALBANY, N.Y. (July 29, 2016) – The Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. trained the 10,000th Mental Health First Aid instructor in Albany, N.Y., on July 29, 2016.
Mental Health First Aid, a groundbreaking 8-hour course, gives people the tools to identify when someone is experiencing a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.
“The National Council is thrilled to celebrate the training of the 10,000th Mental Health First Aid instructor. This is a milestone for Mental Health First Aid USA. Instructors are the backbone of the Mental Health First Aid movement, working with us to reach the goal of training 1 million Americans and making Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR,” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, which helped bring Mental Health First Aid to the United States in 2008. “I’m personally proud that my home state, New York, is the site of this event and congratulate Glenn Liebman, CEO of the Mental Health Association in New York State for his Mental Health First Aid leadership.”
One in five Americans experiences a mental illness each year, but many are reluctant to seek help or simply don’t know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect and it can be difficult for friends and family members to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.
Just as CPR trains people to assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.
In just eight years Mental Health First Aid has become a full-blown movement in the United States – more than 640,000 people are certified Mental Health First Aiders and that number is growing every day.
Experts Presented During a NSC Mental Health Webinar
April 14, 2020
Dr. Eric Goplerud
Dr. Eric Goplerud is a clinical psychologist. He recently retired as Vice President and Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. Previously, Dr. Goplerud was a research professor in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington Medical Center, and Associate Administrator for Policy and Planning at SAMHSA. He also held senior policy and research positions at the CSAP and the Division of Demand Reduction, ONDCP. For more than thirty years, he has led interdisciplinary teams of researchers, trainers, policy makers and clinicians to promote behavioral health screening and treatment as integral to good medical whole-person care. He currently serves as PI on several substance use evaluation and training projects, including the SAMHSA-funded National SBIRT ATTC, a Conrad Hilton Foundation grant to develop and evaluate adolescent screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) training using patient simulations designed for integration into schools of social work and nursing education, and a National Safety Council project to develop substance use calculator tool to engage employers.
John Horne is the Vice President of Safety, Health for Nutrien. His career spans 17 years in safety, health, environmental, and operational roles. He has served in site SHE management roles, operations leadership for multiple sites, and corporate Safety, Health, and Environmental leadership. In his current role he is focused on implementing a compressive Safety and Health strategy that is centered on improving SHE leadership of all workers, prevention of serious injuries and fatalities, and delivering industry leading safety performance. Throughout his career, he has built a reputation for a focus on a simplified approach that empowers all workers to engage to drive success.
Dr. Marissa Levine
Dr. Marissa Levine is Professor of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida where she focuses on population health improvement and teaches leadership. She recently completed 16 years of state government service having served as the Virginia State Health Commissioner and led the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) from 2014-2018. Dr. Levine previously held deputy commissioner level leadership and local health department positions with VDH from 2002 until 2014. During that time, Dr. Levine was involved in the state’s response to the H1N1 pandemic. As Commissioner, Dr. Levine led the effort to respond to Ebola and Zika and has significant experience leading public health emergency response efforts at the local and state levels. Dr. Levine is a board-certified family physician with 16 years of medical practice experience who also received a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and completed family practice residency training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
David A. Sharar (Dave) is the Chief Executive Officer at Chestnut Health Systems where he oversees a variety of community-based mental health, addiction treatment, prevention, housing, human subjects research, and community health services in nine Illinois locations. Chestnut has about 700 employees. Dave has been with Chestnut for over 30 years. Prior to his current role as CEO, Dave spent 26 years of his career in workplace behavioral health & wellness where he managed and developed Chestnut Global Partners (CGP), a business unit of Chestnut that served employers and EAP partners and provided domestic and international employee assistance, wellness, expatriate support, and critical incident response. He holds a BA from Knox College and graduate degrees in clinical social work and public/community health with a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.