Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring a Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training for law enforcement agencies in our region. The training is scheduled for the week of October 22, 2018 and is being coordinated by NAMI-St. Tammany. We appreciate the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for hosting it at their Training and Educational Facility in Pearl River and for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office for providing lunch for attendees all week. “It is our hope that increased training and exposure to mental health topics will improve the safety of those with mental illness and first responders by improving understanding of behaviors of those in the midst of a mental health crisis and strategies on how to best de-escalate them in the field,” Executive Director Richard J. Kramer said. “We are very appreciative that our law enforcement leaders consider this a priority and are committed to devoting resources to this cause.”
If you are a local law enforcement agency and want more information regarding the training, please contact Rebecca Soley at 985-543-4333 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
The Instructor certification training consists of a 5-day training that presents the Mental Health First Aid 8-hour course and provides in-depth instruction on facilitating the course. The training includes a written exam and evaluates each candidate’s ability to present the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course to a variety of audiences.