Mental health first aid class in Dunn County hopes to break stigma

MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Mental health professionals are hoping to give community members tools to address mental health within the community and their own families.

On Saturday, a mental health first aid class in Dunn County was teaching about the signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression and others. Organizers say they are hoping the free, eight hour class informs community members about to get help and decrease the stigma of mental health.

"People usually look at everybody that's experiencing those signs and symptoms as being violent or aggressive or hurting somebody else and in the reality of it they are more apt to her themselves then they are somebody else so we want to decrease and stop labeling people,” said Sheli Jo Metzger, a project manager.

The Dunn County Mental Health Improvement Project hosts the classes about once a month. The next one will be on December 8th in Menomonie.