Free Narcan Training At Mental Health Association Is Monday

Winged Ox Players, the theatre ministry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, recently presented Least Resistance, an original play about people dealing with addiction and recovery in Jamestown. As part of their preparation, all the cast went to a free Narcan training presented at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County. The Narcan training will be offered again at 6 p.m. Monday, May 22, at the Mental Health Association, 31 Water St., Door 14, in the rear of the Gateway Center in Jamestown.

In the opening scene of Least Resistance, the recent production by Winged Ox Players, a mother saves her daughter’s life by administering Narcan after the young woman overdoses on heroin.

Presented by the theatre ministry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Least Resistance is an original play about people dealing with addiction and recovery in Jamestown. As part of their preparation, the cast participated in Narcan training at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County. Narcan, the brand name for naloxone, is a medication that can be administered as a nasal spray by first responders or friends and family to someone who is experiencing an opiate or heroin overdose.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is offering Narcan training at the Mental Health Association at 6 p.m. Monday, May 15. It will be led by Alison Epsin, public health nurse. The free session is open to the public, and participants will be given a free NARCAN Reversal Kit.

The Mental Health Association is located at 31 Water St., Door 14, in the rear of the Gateway Center. Registration is not required but is appreciated. For information or to register, call 661-9044.

Open Monday through Saturday, the Mental Health Association is staffed by certified peer specialists who work in collaboration with local treatment providers, other non-profits, and treatment courts to help participants be successful in attaining their goals. In an accepting environment, the Mental Health Association provides recovery coaching as well as more than two dozen peer support groups and classes. Focuses for the various groups include Changing Behavior, Self Help, Recovery, Mindfulness, Veterans, Learning to Live Again, PTSD, Family Support, Parenting, Spanish Language, Living Sober, and more. There is no charge for any of the Mental Health Association’s services or programs.

To learn more about the Mental Health Association, call 661-9044 or visit www.mhachautauqua.org or www.facebook.com/MHAChautauqua. A list of support groups and classes is at www.mhachautauqua.org/services. Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call or stop in. Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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