News Story


Adult Mental Health First Aid Course
8/24/2016 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Adult Mental Health First Aid Course


Ojai Valley Community Church

907 El Centro, Ojai, Ca, 93023


Date & Time:

10-15-2016 and 10-22-2016 @ 8:30 AM ' 1:00 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Police Department





Come to Ojai Valley Community Church to learn Mental Health First Aid!  This course is a two part, 8 hour certified training session designed to help those who may be dealing with someone that is developing a possible mental health problem or may be at risk of suicide or harm.  This innovative program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like 'What can I do if someone is in crisis''  'How do I approach someone in distress''   'What do I say''  'How can I help''   'Where can someone find help'' 


You will learn:

'           Common mental health and substance use disorders                             

'           Warning signs and symptoms of mental health problems 

'           Potential risk factors  

'           Local resources and support systems

'           A five step action plan

'           Assessment skills for risk of suicide or harm

'           How to listen Non-judgmentally

'           How to give reassurance and information

'           How to encourage appropriate professional help

'           How to encourage self-help and other support strategies




To register please email Mary Ellen Collins, Certified Trainer: or call (805) 657-4408


Made possible through funding from Ventura County Behavioral Health Department



Prepared by:

Sgt Mike Ferguson


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt Mike Ferguson


(805) 646-1414



Approved by:

Captain Dave Kenney



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).