RPD Now Accepting Applications for Mental Health Classes
Deadline is Feb. 25
The Raleigh Police Department is now accepting applications for the spring Mental Health First Aid Class sessions offered in partnership with Alliance Behavioral Healthcare. The class will give attendees insight and skills to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and addiction.
This is the same eight-hour class taken by all members of the Raleigh Police Department, sworn and civilian employees, who may have to assist persons with mental illness or developmental disabilities. The class will also provide an excellent opportunity for participants to gain a better understanding of the philosophy, policies, and guiding principles that govern police response to persons affected by mental illness.
"This class is in alignment with the RPD Firearms Violence Reduction Strategy," said Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown. "We see this effort as promoting a safer, more vibrant and healthier community. Our goal is to afford our community an opportunity to gain a greater knowledge of how to deal effectively and compassionately with mental illness and addiction."
The Mental Health First Aid Class will offer one session each month from December to May. Citizens who enroll will learn the risk factors and warning signs of mental illness; information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders; tips for developing an action plan to help someone in crisis; and how to access resources in our community. The sessions will also feature discussions and exercises, and allow attendees an opportunity to practice learned skills.
"Mental Health First Aid allows participants to be able to recognize and assist someone who may be experiencing a mental health crisis," said Roosevelt Richard, criminal justice specialist with Alliance Behavioral Healthcare. "The Mental Health First Aid action plan allows for safe intervention and support of the person, to try and get them to a pre-crisis state."
Applications for the Spring class sessions are currently being accepted and will close on Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.
The spring class sessions will be held:
- March 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- April 9 & 10 (two-day session), 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- May 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enrollment is limited to individuals who are at least 18 years of age and who live or are employed in the City of Raleigh. There is no fee for the program; however, the Department requests that applicants be committed to participating for its duration.
To participate, complete the Mental Health First Aid application which you can submit via email or by mail to: Raleigh Police Department, 6716 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27615, Attn: Mental Health First Aid Class.
For more information about the classes, send your questions via email or call 919-996-1456.