River Valley offers training and an art competition

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – River Valley Behavioral Health is offering community trainings and hosting an art contest to help raise awareness about the importance of mental health during Mental Health Awareness Month. The health center offers Community Mental Health First Aid and Question, Persuasion and Referral (QPR) training at no cost to participants throughout the year.

“This month, we’re excited to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid training to staff at Owensboro Public Schools,” said Regional Prevention Center Director Brooke Arnold. “This evidence-based training will provide teachers and administrators with the skills to reach out and provide support to a student who may be experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis. Last year, our team trained hundreds of people in our community in mental health first aid, including teachers, business owners, and members of our faith community.

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches participants to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental health first aid courses for adults and adolescents are offered.

QPR training helps participants learn the red flags of suicide and how to interview, persuade and refer someone for help. More information on the trainings can be obtained by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

River Valley is now accepting submissions for its 2nd Annual Youth Mental Health Art Contest. Kindergarten through middle school students in the seven counties served by River Valley are invited to submit visual art to promote mental health awareness with the theme “Be Kind to Your Mind.”

The Project of the Year winner in each division (K-6, 7-12, College 18-24) will receive $500 and a certificate. A matching contribution will be awarded to the school or non-profit youth organization selected by the winners. The school or youth organization with the most entries will receive $1,000 and the Mental Health Partner of the Year award.

“May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This month, we invite students to participate in our art contest and share the importance of being kind to your spirit,” said River Valley President and CEO Dr. Wanda Figueroa Peralta. . “We hope this will provide an opportunity for families and educators to start a conversation about mental health with young people. We value our young artists who share their talents to spread a message of hope.

Students can download an entry form from www.rvbh.com or email [email protected] Entries must be received by May 20. Contest winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in June.

River Valley Behavioral Health serves Daviess, Ohio, McLean, Hancock, Webster, Union and Henderson counties. They currently house over 27 programs that include inpatient and outpatient services for families affected by mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities.

River Valley Services can be reached at (270) 689-6879 or (800) 769-4920 for the hearing impaired. The River Valley Crisis Line can be reached at (800) 433-7291 for people in crisis and non-medical emergencies.

Director of Communications Jessica Pierce can be reached at (270) 689-6540 or by email at [email protected] for more information.

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