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.
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.
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.
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.