Palm Health Foundation, along with Alpert Jewish Family Service, recently hosted “Night at the Museum” for 130 guests at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach to put a spotlight on the need for Mental Health First Aid funding.
MHFA is a nationally renowned training course that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health crises and substance use disorders.
The keynote speaker, Freslaine St. Louis, shared her own experience dealing with mental illness in her family. St. Louis is one of the county’s first Haitian Creole speaking MHFA trainers and uses her position as a local youth minister to break through the resistance and fear around the term “mental health” in her church and community.
“While many other people and cultures approach mental health with fear and misunderstanding, the stakes were too high for my community to avoid the subject any longer,” said St. Louis. “I used my Mental Health First Aid training to educate parents how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in their children.”
For more information on the Mental Health First Aid Fund, go online to palmhealthfoundation.org/mhfa-fund.
Pictured above: From left, Jill Merrell, Kelly Williams, Kimberly D’Alelio and Jess Merrell at Palm Health Foundation’s recently-held “Night at the Museum” at the Norton Museum of Art to put a spotlight on the need for Mental Health First Aid funding. Photo by Coastal Click Photography