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Supervisor Jens-Smith Announces Mental Health First Aid Training for Police and Code Enforcement Officers
 
Posted on Monday November 25, 2019
 
In partnership with the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, Supervisor Jens-Smith announces that Riverhead Police and Code Enforcement Officers will receive in-person Mental Health First Aid training
 

SUPERVISOR JENS-SMITH ANNOUNCES Mental Health First Aid Training FOR POLICE AND CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

In partnership with the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, Supervisor Jens-Smith announces that Riverhead Police and Code Enforcement Officers will receive in-person Mental Health First Aid training. This training comes at no cost to the Town and teaches participants how to assist someone who is experiencing mental health distress, or developing a substance use problem.

The Mental Health First Aid course explains how to recognize risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, as well as strategies for how to assist someone both in crisis and non-crisis situations, and when it would be best to turn to others for help. The course will give officers mental health literacy so that they know the basics of different mental illnesses and addiction and their effects on a person’s daily life. Specifically those taking the course will learn about: depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis, and substance use disorders.

Mental Health First Aid teaches that through recovery and resiliency the individual experiencing these challenges can and do get better. By learning these skills officers will be able to better serve our community, particularly our veterans and youth who are more vulnerable to mental health concerns, and substance use disorders. With 18.5% of service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression and 1 in 5 teens and young adults living with a mental health condition this training will help officers be able to meet the particular needs of these populations.

The training will last 8 hours, and take place on two separate occasions. The Towns of Easthampton, and Southampton and the Village of Quogue will also be traveling to Riverhead to take part in this training. This training is offered to many different individuals and organizations including educators, those serving veterans, those serving youth at-risk in underserved communities, as well as police, probation, and corrections and parole departments.

 
 
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