CHILLICOTHE, MO – An increasing number of Americans suffer the affects of mental health disorders. A large volunteer group, Mental Health America, suggests over one-quarter of American adults will be affected in some way by a mental disorder.

KMZU recently spoke with Jessica Trussell, Human Development and Family Science Specialist for MU Extension in Livingston County, about the increasing need for mental health first aid awareness. A program on the subject will be offered in Chillicothe to the general public Friday, March 23.

Trussell says, the program is similar to CPR training in that it provides a framework of action, and steps to follow in an emergency.  This allows mental health ‘first aid’ to be administered rapidly, and helps to ensure the safety of all persons involved.

Trussell says the program has been very successful throughout the U.S. It is a growing effort that currently has the goal of increasing the number of trainees to administer the program.

The program in Chillicothe will be offered Friday in the First Baptist Church conference room. To learn more, visit Missouri Extension’s website, or for general information, about mental health first aid, visit

Contact Jessica Trussell at the Livingston County extension:  660-646-0811.

KMZU interview with Jessica Trussell (5:51)

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