The fourth largest reason that causes students to leave Illinois State University is mental health issues.

Today, students are more prone to meet someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone experiencing a heart attack.

To help with this, ISU’s Mental Health First Aid provides the opportunity to teach students how to recognize, comprehend and react to signs of mental illnesses and substance-use disorders.

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology and Mental Health First Aid will be hosting a two-day training for students.

The training courses will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 in Williams Hall 308. 

Participants who finish the two-day training will be given a book and certificate of completion. Lunch will be included in the training as well. 

Throughout the training, participants will acquire knowledge about the ALGEE five-step action plan to provide basic help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis.

This action plan will also help participants to give proper connections and appropriate care to those who need it.

KELLIE FOY is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at  Follow her on Twitter at @kellie_foy 

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