RPD Now Accepting Applications for Mental Health Classes
"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 winter class sessions will be accepted beginning Nov. 5 and will close on Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. The winter class sessions will be held Dec. 5, Jan. 26, and Feb. 13. Applications for the spring sessions will be accepted at a later date. 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.