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East Central Mental Health trains police in first aid

Jaine Treadwell

On Thursday, East Central Mental Health completed a groundbreaking Mental Health First Aid training course for the Troy Police Department.

The eight-hour training course was conducted at the Troy Police Training Facility on four days to accommodate all officers and was facilitated by Teresa Kidd, ECMH community outreach coordinator.

“This training course gives officers the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and the information needed to connect them with the appropriate support and resources when necessary,” Kidd said.

One in five Americans has a mental illness but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care, she said.

“Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. Even for family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until its too late.”

Read more at the Troy Messenger.