Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training Offered Free to the Mendocino County Community


The following is a press release from the Mendocino County Office of Education:

Women with eyes closed facing left with clouds on right side of image. Text saying Mental Health First Aid Training.
[Graphic is provided by MCOE]

MCOE, in partnership with Americorps and Health 360, will be offering an Adult Mental Health First Aid training. This training is made possible through the MHSSA (Mental Health Student Services Act) grant. School district administration and staff, as well as members of the community, are invited to attend at no cost. 

This virtual training will cover mental health first aid for adults and is scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. All participants must complete a two-hour, self-paced portion of training before being admitted to the instructor-led portion on February 2, 2022. The training will be conducted via Zoom.

To register for the training, please visit https://mcoe.k12oms.org/eventdetail.php?id=214061.
For more information about the February 10th training, please view the flyer here



  1. Here Comes Santa Clause
    Lost my sanity lost my sanity
    Acting very strange
    Cheeked my medication now I’m totally deranged
    The doctor said thar therapy might help to save the day
    But then those men in white suits came and carried me away

    Schizophrenia schizophrenia afflictions of the brain
    Paranoid delusional aberrant behavior resulting from the strain
    Acute psychosis dark depression deep despair and gloom
    Until they wisk me off into a cozy rubber room

    I’m hysterical I’m hysterical watch me while I scream
    Shouting unclear messages outside the mezzanine
    Mothers hide their little ones such sights they seldom see
    As they stuff me in a jacket with straps upon the sleeve
    Douglas Wayne Coulter

  2. In my head I’m hearing voices offering me erratic choices
    But for 72 hours the voice lost its powers as I’m locked up on the observation ward
    Now it’s clear I’m unstable but they must find a label
    Let the DSM name what’s wrong with my brain
    While I’m on the observation ward
    For many days I skipped my medication
    Until I started acting like a fool
    Authorities agreed on intervention
    So they doped me till I only sit and drool
    They police called 5150 and to the PHP unit they ship me
    Where my ego they shred crawling into my head
    While I’m on the observation ward

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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