Sometimes, first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or calling 911.
Sometimes, first aid is YOU!
You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. The
Mental Health First Aid class teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms
of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate care. Mental Health First Aid is for anyone —
parents, neighbors, students, first responders, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources
professionals, and caring citizens.
Crisis Intervention Team Training
Will be held: week of May 22, 2017 (NAMI presentations on Thursday, May 25th)
Location: Heartland Community College
This 5-day course will provide local law officers with specialized training on dealing with individuals who have a mental illness or other behavioral disability. Officers will be trained to be able to provide immediate response to calls involving a mental health crisis. The program will be conducted by a diverse group of law enforcement and behavioral health professionals including active CIT officers from four Illinois jurisdictions. Participants will be challenged through realistic role-play scenarios facilitated by professional actors. Upon completion of the program, a CIT pin will be presented to wear of the officer’s uniform to identify the officer as being CIT trained.