Readers Write: Bullies Need Mental Health Help, Too; Peace Resonates; Good Ideas Are Contagious

Mental Health First Aid Training Aims to Add Certified Trainers

Edry’s attempt to send love, not hate, to the people of Iran to register our own wishes for peace. I have sent many e-mails to friends pointing them to the Monitor’s video interview with Edry. My Sunday school class and a group of US Marine recruits that I teach have all marveled that we as individuals can have a voice to add to a growing group of those who support an end to all war, which I believe will someday become a “critical mass.” Sally Lind Encinitas, Calif. Good ideas can be contagious Thank you for publishing Jim Kastama’s Oct. 14 Common Ground, Common Good commentary, ” Why I stepped over the party line to get results ,” which gave an account of his work as a Washington State senator to reach a compromise on a budget. I’m not a politician and have difficulty seeing national elected officials reading and taking this piece to heart.
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That’s really important as a key element of my condition is a feeling of no control.” RELATED: TOO MUCH SITTING MAKES US FEEL DEPRESSED: STUDY Bakeries are being set up all over the UK to help people cope with hard times. The Better Health Bakery in east London provides training placements for adults living with mental health issues, The Independent reports. Plus The Real Bread Campaign, which received a four-year grant in 2009 from the Big Lottery’s Local Food programs to bring real bread back to local communities, said the potential number of people who could benefit from baking “runs into the hundreds of thousands or even millions.” In London, The Depressed Cake Shop, a mental health charity initiative, ran a series of pop-up cake stalls around the UK earlier this summer, selling only grey cakes and baked goods. According to the BBC, the publicity stunt raised thousands of British pounds for mental health charities and got people talking more about mental health issues and how baking can help.
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British movement uses baking to fight depression, mental health issues

In five days, the number could be in the double digits as people across the state have traveled to Anchorage to become certified mental health first aid trainers. “I feel like mental health first aid is important in any state but it’s particularly important here,” said Jill Ramsey with the Trust Training Cooperative. Alaska had the second highest rate of suicide in the nation in 2010 according tothe State of Alaska Epidemiology. According to theTrust Training Cooperative, 29 people representing different parts of the state are participating in a program to become certified mental health first aid trainers. “The premise of the training is learning to recognize when there’s a mental health crisis and then knowing what to do and maybe in some cases what not to do,” said Ramsey. A duo of trainers with the National Council for Behavioral Health is teaching the five-day course. They were brought up from the lower 48 with funding from the Alaska Primary Care Association, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and Trust Training Cooperative. Graduates from the course will go on to teach others how to identify mental health issues and how to help someone find help.
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