The training sessions also place an emphasis on ways to destigmatize mental illness. Harrison noted that in the 1970s society frowned on public discussions of cancer. But with time the secrecy surrounding the disease shrunk. We are hoping the same thing happens with mental illness. There should not be a stigma, he said. The training is designed to help people to notice and to give them the confidence to say something, Orban said. The coalition, Orban said, is providing training throughout the county, and to date about 600 people have been trained. The goal is to have First Aid Training 1 in every 10 adults trained in mental health first aid. We want it to be as common as CPR, she said. Contact Harrison at email@example.com or 401-316-4134.