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Because of the extraordinary demands of the job, Public Safety Staff have a higher level of risk for mental illness and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid provides the peer support to help.
Law enforcement agencies across the country have been critical drivers of that movement.
“This is training that’s useful to everyone,” Melissa Urbanick from Pennsylvania said. “It applies to anyone who’s going to have inmate contact and may experience some sort of crisis. They can use the things they learned in Mental Health First Aid to de-escalate that crisis.”
The course outline includes topics like these:
All of these topics are developed through interactive exercises, scenario work and response to film clips.