Fairview receives grant to support the mental health of aging adults

The money will be used to provide free classes

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Washington County has awarded Fairview a Healthy Aging Local Public Health Grant to support two community programs for older adults: Tonic and Mental Health First Aid. Classes are offered free of charge.

Tonic is a six-week series proven to reduce stress, increase self-esteem, and improve overall quality of life. Participants learn a variety of mind-body practices designed to promote a sense of calm, joy, connection, and inner strength. The class is facilitated by top professionals in the fields of life coaching, health psychology, and nursing.

“Older adults face unique life transitions as they age – including moving, retirement, and losing loved ones,” said Amanda Knutson, Fairview’s Manager of Community Health & Innovation. “Tonic provides life skills and easy-to-use tools for coping during times of transition.”

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health. Like CPR, it prepares participants to support someone experiencing a mental health problem and connects them with appropriate professional help.

The course introduces participants to the risk factors and warning signs of common mental illnesses and substance use disorders, their impact, and the options for support. Since 2014, approximately 2,700 people have completed Mental Health First Aid through Fairview, and 99% of participants reported they’d recommend the course to others.

If you know someone who could benefit from these classes, they can contact Kate Taylor at ketaylor@healtheast.org or 651-232-1449.

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