A 12-hour Mental Health First Aid Course will be held at the Carbon County MD/DS office, 428 S. Seventh St., Lehighton, on April 29 and 30. The course, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is free to all participants living in Carbon, Monroe and Pike counties.

It will discuss how to help a person who may be experiencing mental illness or crisis, including a five-step action plan to offer initial help. It will also show participants how to connect people with the appropriate professionals, peers or social or self help care.

The class is open to anyone, including first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resource professionals and the general public.

Registration is required. To register, email, mail or fax your name, phone number, email address, occupation and employer name, and a brief description of why you are enrolling in the course, to Alex Sguera at alexs@newperspectives-rhd.org; New Perspectives Crisis Intervention Attn: Alex Sguera, 140 Neyharts Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360; or (570) 992-9410.

For more information or questions, call (570) 992-7590.

Another Mental Health First Aid Course will be held in May at a location yet to be announced in Pike County.