If I had my way and Saint Damita Jo Jackson was president of the world, rice-on-demand, housing, and access to therapy and other forms of healing would be free for all. Even the Taylor Swift fans.
In the meantime, I’m teaming up with the folks at Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) to offer a free Mental Health First Aid training for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Aside from learning an action plan to help recognize signs and symptoms of someone developing a mental health disorder or substance/alcohol use disorder, we’ll address stigmas and the emotional impacts of institutional melanin envy & homo-/bi-/queer/transphobia & structural hateration in the dancerie, our language around mental illness and explore local and nationwide resources available to community members and Mental Health First Aiders alike.
Because compassion is free and each of us has the ability to be of service to and potential lifesaver for someone. Especially Taylor Swift fans.
After reserving your spot, you’ll receive an email with instructions for registering with ThriveNYC prior to the course. This is important as the certification you’ll receive lasts 3 years and the folks at the National Council for Behavioral Health will hit you on your two-way pager about recertification and other opportunities. (And registering ahead of time will save us valuable classroom time, plus paperwork isn't good for anyone's mental health.)
Refreshments and free participant manuals will be provided. Hope to see you there.
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