Important changes to VJLAP’s 12-Step and Wellness Support Meetings:

1. Effective immediately, the Monday 12-Step Support Meetings will commence at 6:30 PM instead of 8:00 PM. VJLAP will no longer host a Monday 12-Step Support Meeting at 8:00 PM. Changes will be made to the event calendar.
2. After 04/08/24, there will no longer be Monday Wellness Support Meetings at 6:30 PM. If you are interested in such a meeting, there is a Thursday Wellness Support Meeting (1, 3 and 5th Thursday of the month). Changes will be made to the event calendar.
3. Effective immediately, there will no longer be a Wednesday 12-Step Meeting at 6:00 PM. There is a Wednesday 12-Step Meeting at 5:30PM and a meeting on the 1, 3 & 5th Monday of the month at 6:30PM. Changes will be made to the event calendar.
4. Please also note the Thursday Wellness Support Meetings that had been every Thursday will only be the 1, 3 & 5 Thursday of the month. Changes will be made to the event calendar.

Thank you for your attention to these updates. If there are questions, please reach out to Barbara Mardigian at

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A New VJLAP Training Opportunity: Mental Health First Aid

August 25, 2021
A New VJLAP Training Opportunity: Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA) is an exciting addition to the VJLAP menu of services, a training you and your colleagues should not miss! This course teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

Four Reasons to Become a Mental Health First  Aider

  • Be Prepared: When a mental health crisis happens, know what to do.
  • You Can Help: People with mental illness often suffer alone.
  • Mental Illnesses Are Common: 1 in 5 adults in any given year (more common in the legal profession).
  • You care: Be there for a friend, family member, or colleague (or client in a crisis).

Barbara Mardigian, our Deputy Clinical Director, has recently been certified as a MHFA Instructor and  is available in-person or virtually to provide this course which covers:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
  • Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.

MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE):

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen Nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

For additional information or to schedule a training, contact Barbara Mardigian:

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