Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety
Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour course that teaches a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, and self-help care. The course teaches the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and, most importantly, teaches individuals how to help someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
The course is taught to police, first responders, correction officers, and other public safety audiences around the country. Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety provides officers with more response options to help them deescalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so they can respond to mental health related calls appropriately with compromising safety. Approximately 10,000 public safety professionals have taken the course, including at police academies in Philadelphia, DC, Seattle, and numerous smaller and rural departments.
CIT Training is an excellent in-depth 40-hour program with widespread adoption across the country. The goal of most departments is to have at least 25% of their force CIT certified, as not every officer or staff member is ready for this intensive certification. Not every department has the resources to train all officers or staff in the CIT program.
Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety is a good complement to CIT training – a one day course for the 75% of officers or staff who are not yet CIT certified or may never be. Also, some police departments use Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety as a complement to their CIT program, training new officers and those who express interest in joining the CIT team in Mental Health First Aid as the first step.
Overall, more than 10,000 police officers, correction officers, and other public safety professionals have taken the course across the country. Specifically, Mental Health America of Georgia has been able to offer several public safety trainings for the Americus Police Department that have provided at least 22% increase in mental health literacy that can used through-out their career and daily lives.
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