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Kimberly Holm, left, and Leslie Kveene of Woodland Centers are instructors with the center’s mental health first aid training program. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

‘The CPR of mental health’: Mental health first aid training aims to increase education, reduce stigma

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WILLMAR — When Val Swanson took a class in mental health first aid, the lesson that hit home the most was hearing it called the CPR of mental health.


“That made an impact on me — that we should be treating this like all first aid,” said Swanson, who coordinates the chemical dependency counseling certificate program at Ridgewater College.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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