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The stigma attached to getting treatment for mental illness can be a major stumbling block.  A program called Mental Health First Aid has been built in part to reduce the stigma attached to mental health treatment. The long term impact is intended to provide safer environments for our children by allowing caregivers the freedom to seek the help they need.  Safer homes mean reduced risk of child abuse and neglect.

Dottie Millikin is the Director of Mental Health First Aid Missouri. She recently spoke at CTF’s Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Conference to introduce participants to the history and and evidence supporting Mental Health First Aid. In the following video Dottie talks about the potential that Mental Health First Aid has for helping families and entire communities. For more information, contact Dottie, or call 417-895-7887.