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Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety

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. Learn more: download the Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety one-pager.

Case Study

How Mental Health First Aid in Public Safety is helping Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

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Why Mental Health Matters in Public Safety

1 in 4
1 in 4 fatal law enforcement encounters involves an individual experiencing mental illness.
12
Approximately 12 police officers complete suicide month.
1,000
Approximately 1,000 officers are experiencing PTSD on the job.

How Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Can Help

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Improves the way law enforcement interacts with people facing mental health and addiction challenges.
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Models de-escalation techniques useful when responding to people in crisis safely and effectively.
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Teaches skills to safely address a comrade’s mental health or substance use challenge.
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Reduces stigma.
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Increases mental health and substance use literacy.

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