The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has received a grant for $4,999 for mental health first aid training. The grant is from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and awarded by the State Library of Ohio, under the Library Services and Technology Act.
With this grant, employees and participants from the public will be trained to assist people showing signs of behaviors associated with mental health issues or addiction and connect them to professional services.
The grant provides for training in two areas, youth and adult, and aims to educate 100 people interested in this type of specialized instruction.
There will be two adult mental-health first aid training sessions and two youth mental-health first aid training sessions held at PLYMC libraries. Those sessions will be scheduled in the coming months. The library is partnering with the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board and Alta Care Group, which will provide instructors. Kelly Kotel, the library’s adult programming specialist, is the project coordinator.