Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety’s goal is to prevent tragedies, decrease the need for arrests and incarcerations for people with mental illness, reduce repeat detentions and help police officers connect with appropriate resources that can help. Let’s stop responding to those living with mental illnesses as offenders and start meeting their needs as patients. Let’s protect our officers and our communities at large. Let’s make sure every officer in America is trained in Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety.
WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a live training program-like regular First Aid or CPR- that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This 8-hour certificate training course will teach participants how to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide the individual to professional help, if appropriate. This course is designed to demystify the whole topic of mental illness by increasing mental health literacy and to decrease the stigma that is attached to it. By detecting the problems early, you can ensure that the person is properly treated and supported.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety provides law officers and staff with more response options to help them de-escalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so they can respond to mental health-related situations appropriately without compromising safety.
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