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EXCERPTS FROM LINDA ROSENBERG INTERVIEW IN NATIONAL COUNCIL MAGAZINE
When you first brought Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. in 2008, did you expect it to become as popular as it is?
This may sound unusual but one of the program’s biggest initial supporters was my husband. Mind you, he’s a CPA and not even in our industry. But when I first bounced this idea off of him of bringing the program to this country, he said “That’s going to be one of the most important things you’ve ever done. Its potential is unlimited, but you need to make the investment for it to be successful.”
Well, we made the investment, and now almost 50,000 people have been trained by some 1,800 instructors. It has certainly lived up to our (and my husband’s) expectations. [Since this interview was published, the numbers have gone up. We now have 60,000 Mental Health First Aiders and 2,100 instructors across the USA]