So I was chosen to take mental health first aid train the trainer from work and I was really excited as well as a little nervous about this task before me.
I believe the only time I have went somewhere on my own is my trip to the hospital and I guess that isn’t even true. Jimmy drove me there. Man, I can’t believe I am 50 years old and never been by myself on a trip before. I always get a little anxious driving in St. Louis (but don’t tell my parents, they always ask me to drive) but if I have someone to navigate for me, I am good. Well I have my sweet little nav system on my phone that brought me right to the hotel on Sunday night and then on to training class Monday morning. No problems at all!! Not sure I could ever live without one again. Don’t believe I will use it going home, that car can find its way home from anywhere I tell you. Kind of like Knight Rider, only not as sporty and doesn’t usually talk to me.
So I go to class a little apprehensive because “Me, I don’t know nothing about Mental Health First Aid”. BUT I am bound and determined to do the best possible job I can. Class starts off with introductions and they mix it up a little, Name, organization, where are you from and (here is the mix) two truths and a lie/wish. And as the week progresses, we are supposed to be listening for clues about which ones are the truths.
Mine are: I went back to school when I was a grandmother, I love to travel all over the world, and I am excited to be in the class even though I have never worked with Mental Health in a professional capacity. Can you guess which one is not true?
The two instructors are very good and the have the whole class engaged in activities, one was nonjudgemental listening. It was fun to see what everyone came up with after that exercise. We have complete role plays, one about anxiety going over a bridge. We were laughing because the person was such a good actress, she made it so real and we have all witnessed those things. We played a game with questions and points and found out some of us in the class are super competitive! We have people from Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, and Illinois
So I have now passed the Mental Health First Aid part of the class. On to becoming an instructor! I have turned in the test they require and presentation day is Thursday and Friday (I get to go on Thursday!)
So wish me luck and when I pass the course, contact me so I can include you in a class that I will be presenting at!
More after I get back home and Easter is over.