GRANGEVILLE — The Speedy Foundation and Optum Idaho have partnered to deliver free mental health first aid training throughout Idaho.

The next free Mental Health First Aid training is scheduled in Grangeville for Thursday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The training will take place at Real Life Church, located at 1005 E. Main Street.

Mental health first aid training is a day-and-a-half-long course taught by certified mental health first aid instructors. Participants learn about some of the most common warning signs of mental health issues, how to identify warning signs that indicate an individual may be at risk of harm or suicide, listen non-judgmentally, give reassurance and encourage the person to seek professional help.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate for middle-aged people in Idaho jumped 53 percent between 1999 and 2010 to around 27 deaths per 100,000 population, making it the third highest in the nation for this demographic. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idahoans age 15-34, and nearly one in seven high school-age children in Idaho reported seriously considering suicide in 2013, according to the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho.

For information or to register for the course, visit www.optumidaho.com or contact Optum Idaho at 914-2013 or amanda.lehto@optum.com.

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