UMO to Host Free Mental Health First Aid Course

UMO to Host Free Mental Health First Aid Course

­Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations

MOUNT OLIVE, NC – The University Mount Olive will host a FREE adult mental health first aid training course sponsored by Eastpointe. This leading mental health care organization serves a 10-county area, including Wayne, Duplin, and Sampson counties. The course will take place on Saturday, September 9 from 9 AM to 4 PM in Raper Hall room 130 on the UMO campus.

According to UMO Psychology Department Chair, courses of this quality and breadth usually cost participants around $30 pp.  “Thanks to a grant from Eastpointe, the course will now be offered to community and University participants without any cost,” Kemp said. “This initiative is part of Eastpointe’s commitment to improving mental health awareness and support in the region.”

The training course will provide knowledge and skills for individuals dealing with mental health issues, especially concerning youth under 21. The course will cover such areas as recognizing signs and symptoms of mental health challenges, offering immediate assistance to individuals in distress, and connecting them with appropriate resources for long-term support.

“This course is an excellent opportunity for participants to feel confident and comfortable when addressing mental health concerns,” said Kemp.  “The course equips individuals with the necessary tools to offer immediate support and to create a supportive environment for those in need.”

The training is ideal for anyone who interacts with youth regularly, including faculty, staff, student affairs professionals, learning commons staff, coaches, and other community members. Upon completing the course, attendees will be awarded a three-year certificate, enhancing their ability to effectively respond to mental health challenges.

To register for the FREE training course, email Natalie Kemp at

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