Why Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. It focuses on the unique experiences and needs of public safety personnel and is a valuable resource that can make a difference in their lives, their coworkers’ and families’ lives, and the communities they serve.
Who should take it?
- Law enforcement
- Corrections officers
- Other first responders
- 911 dispatch staff
What it covers.
- Defusing crises.
- Promoting mental health literacy.
- Combating stigma of mental illness.
- Enabling early intervention through recognition of signs and symptoms.
- Connecting people to care.
“Public safety officers, regardless of rank or position, may find themselves confronted with a mental health crisis. My Mental Health First Aid training helped me save a life, and regular incidents serve as reminders of how public safety officers fall back on their training in times of crisis.”
— Captain Joseph Coffey, Ret., Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy and Mental Health First Aid National Trainer