JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - To better serve the public, a group gave their day to learning more about those fighting mental illnesses.
Law enforcement officials along with others who encounter those with behavioral health issues met Monday morning at Mid-South Health Systems in Jonesboro for Mental Health First Aid.
Instructor Shadun Duncan touched on many topics at the 8 hour adult training seminar, including the stigma certain words like "crazy" or "psychotic can create.
"What we want to do in our training, and what we want to promote with you is that we not use terms like these when we describe this population," Duncan said.
The open floor meeting allowed everyone to discuss their experience with people affected by mental illness.
Duncan said this training would strengthen efforts to provide systemic response to the problem of persons with behavioral health issues who become involved in the criminal justice system.
The Craighead County Adult Treatment Court Collaborative sponsored the training.
After the training, the group hopes attendees will have a better understanding of how to help someone developing mental health problems, plus be able to identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
The next opportunity to learn more about helping those with mental illnesses is on April 11 and 12. The workshop is titled Sequential Intercept Mapping.
This workshop is designed to help develop strategies to better identify and respond to the needs of adults with mental health issues and substance abuse disorders who are in contact with the criminal justice system.
For more information on these programs, contact Mid-South Health Systems, Inc. at 870-972-4979.
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