Zeeland Community Hospital

Zeeland Community Hospital Offers Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid

ZEELAND, Mich., July 23, 2018– Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, is offering a community “Youth Mental Health First Aid” course on Wednesday, August 22.

Participants are invited to learn about mental health concerns in the youth population such as depression and disorders related to mood, anxiety, substance use and eating. The materials will focus on education, awareness and prevention of illness.

“This course was outstanding,” said Mindy Sears, ICU RN at McLaren Northern Michigan, previous attendee who traveled nearly four hours to attend. “Not only did it pertain to my nursing profession, but I think it was even more beneficial as a parent of teenagers.”

West Michigan has been hit hard by mental illness and loss. This course was brought to Zeeland Community Hospital in response to the results of the 2015 Ottawa County Community Health Needs Assessment. In the most recent 2017 study, mental health was again identified as one of the most prevalent health issues in our community, closely followed by healthy behaviors and access to health care.

“This training offered a safe environment for participants to discuss the topics and learn about the available resources,” added Sears. Many individuals were personally affected by mental illness and were able to open up about their experiences.”

The class is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 22. Eight nursing continuing education credits are available for those participating in the entire course. Nurses must bring their license number. The cost is $25 and includes a workbook and lunch.

For more information or to register, visit spectrumhealth.org/zeeland or call 616.748.2834.

Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

Ashley Kiekintveld
Marketing and Communications
Phone: 616.748.3610
Email: ashley.kiekintveld@spectrumhealth.org