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Walgreens wants its pharmacists trained for mental health crises

from Fast Company

Walgreens wants to better empower its workforce. On May 1, the start of Mental Health Month, the national drugstore chain said it will soon provide specialized mental health training to pharmacists. It’s partnering with the National Council for Behavioral Health and the American Pharmacists Association for the new program, which focuses on the growing need for psychological resources. Under the program, 300 Walgreens human resources team members, as well as pharmacy staff members focused on patient outcomes, will be trained in Mental Health First Aid. They’ll learn about mental health literacy and understanding risk factors, as well as how to spot warning signs and addiction concerns among customers. The staff will be equipped in strategies for both crisis and non-crisis situations. more

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