Particle logo 2017Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings in May

Community trainings funded by Particle Accelerator concert, coming on June 10

DAYVILLE – Area residents will have two opportunities in May to attend free Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings.

United Services will be holding the free 8-hour course twice in May, on Monday May 15 and Monday May 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at United Services Dayville office, 1007 North Main Street, Dayville.

There is limited availability for these award winning trainings, serving as the mental health equivalent to CPR to provide individuals with the skills to assist in a mental health crisis until professional assistance can be provided. Residents must attend all 8 hours of the training to be certified.

Those interested in attending should register by contacting Emily Morrison of United Services at or by calling 860-774-2020.

Through Mental Health First Aid participants learn:

  • The signs and symptoms of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, psychosis and addiction;
  • How to approach someone in a mental health crisis;
  • How to be supportive, diffuse the situation and encourage professional help, and;
  • What to do if someone is suicidal, harming themselves or refuses help.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults — family members, caregivers, school staff, health and human services workers, etc. — who work with young people 12-25, providing instruction on how to help a child or teen who is experiencing a mental health or substance use problem or is in crisis. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Funding for this community training is made possible thanks to the proceeds of the annualParticle Accelerator” benefit rock concert in memory of Jack Young, Jr.

This year’s 11th Annual Particle Accelerator: A Day of Music and Hope, will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 on Main Street in downtown Putnam. The free, all day music festival features 20 bands playing music of all genres and for all ages. The concert begins at noon and will continue until 9 p.m. For more information, visit