Mr. Chicago Bear Brings Mental Health First Aid to Community

On March 30, 2019, Mr. Chicago Bear 2018, Yoshi Bear (boy gregory), and the Men of ONYX Midwest announced efforts to train Chicago Bear and Leather community members in providing Mental Health First Aid.

In the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course, participants will learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training will offer partakers the skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Participants will also be able to provide resources on where to receive additional help, if needed.

“Providing this type of training is very important to me,” says Mr. Chicago Bear, Yoshi Bear (boy gregory). “The topic of Mental Health, let alone, how to provide care or service, is something that is not discussed much within our [Black and Latinx] communities. I am hoping this training is a way to start and continue the conversation, without the social stigmas.”

More than 1 million people across the United States have been trained in Mental Health First Aid. These individuals are teachers, first responders, veterans, neighbors, parents, friends, and supporting family members. Mental Health First Aiders are anyone who wants to make their community healthier, happier, and safer for all.

The full day training is scheduled to take place April 20, 2019. The Mental Health First Aid training is conducted by Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare. More information on the training can be found at

ONYX is an organization formed and operated by Men of Color, who enjoy the leather lifestyle. The organization provides an educational and social space to address issues specific to people of color.

Mr. Chicago Bear hosts “Bear Night,” every first Saturday of the month, at Touché (6412 N. Clark St.).

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