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DCMS partners with 5 area hospitals on Mental Health initiative

Thursday, January 26, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The Duval County Medical Society is excited to announce a partnership with area health care systems to bring free adult Mental Health First Aid training to North Florida.

The Mental Health First Aid Northeast Florida Collaboration is made up of five area hospital systems. These include Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, St. Vincent's HealthCare and UF Health Jacksonville. The hospitals are funding the initiative with a goal of training 10,000 first responders and residents in the community to recognize signs of mental illness.

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches everyday citizens how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and behavioral health issues. The course is open to anyone.

Several community organizations are partnering with the Mental Health First Aid Northeast Florida Collaboration. These include the Duval County Medical Society, and the City of Jacksonville Fire and Police Departments.

The Collaboration announced the initiative with a news conference on January 26, 2017. 2017 DCMS President Dr. Tra'Chella Johnson Foy attended on behalf of the Medical Society.

"As we know, mental health issues affect us all- as both doctors and patients," said Dr. Tra'Chella Johnson Foy, 2017 DCMS President. "This  opportunity is directly in line with our mission to focus on Health and Wellness." 

For more information on Mental Health First Aid or how to sign up for the training courses, please visit