Since 2015, the Vermilion County Mental Health 708 Board has been involved with a federal grant, a local grant funded by the Vermilion Healthcare Foundation, funding from Gibson Area Hospital and now the Vermilion County Board, which has provided both adult and youth mental health. First Aid Trainings in East Central Illinois and Western Indiana. More than 4,000 people in the region have received one or both trainings. The federal grant ended on September 30 and all grant objectives were met. The grant was ranked sixth out of 88 agencies across the country in meeting its objectives and participant ratings.
With financial support from the Vermilion County Board and Gibson Area Hospital, the VCMHB office will continue training in Vermilion County and surrounding areas. Beth Bray Knecht, of Hoopeston, who has served as project director for the training effort since its inception, will continue to serve in that role. She will also be an instructor for both formations, as will Jim Russell, general manager of the VCMHB.
Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings will be held the first Friday of each month in 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Vermilion County Health Department in Danville. Youth trainings are aimed at adults who work or have contact with young people, and are ideal for teachers, coaches, parents, youth ministers and anyone else who works with young people or has young people in their life. Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings will be held the third Friday of every month in 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Vermilion County Health Department in Danville. Please call or text Beth Bray Knecht at (217) 516-2298 to register or with any questions. You can also email her at [email protected] to sign up. You can also call Jim Russell at (217) 443-3500 with any questions.
Trainings can also be scheduled at clubs, churches, organizations, social service agencies, businesses and industries that want to help their staff and volunteers be better equipped to help in a mental health crisis. Please call Beth or Jim if you have any questions or to schedule training for your group.