HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – Members of community health and faith-based organizations, along with representatives of the NAACP, gathered in Hattiesburg Friday for a special mental health conference.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid seminar was a certification course, designed to help caregivers and others recognize and respond to young people with mental health challenges.

The seminar was held at the Hattiesburg Train Depot and conducted by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.

The Pine Belt affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosted the seminar.

“Everybody who attends will be able to get credit and get certified,” said Mavis Creagh, NAMI Mississippi Pine Belt affiliate president. “The certification lasts up to three years as well, so that’s something as well,

“We’re not professionals once we finish the course, but it is a certification that is recognized throughout the state.”

The course was put together by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

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