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May 2, 2017

CLM Trains Derry Police Department in Mental Health First AidDerryPDMHF photo1 1119 2017

In collaboration with Center for Life Management (CLM), the Derry Police Department’s entire force was recently trained and certified in Mental Health First Aid. An eight-hour course, Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety is specially designed for police officers, first responders and other public safety professionals, helping them better understand mental illnesses and addictions and providing them with effective response options to deescalate incidents without compromising safety. The Derry Police Department is the first in the state to have the entire department complete the training.

The course was co-facilitated by Celia Felsenberg, LICSW, CLM Director of Clinical Services and Peter Reinertsen, LCMHC, CLM Director of Emergency Services, both certified Mental Health First Aid trainers. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of mental illness. The training teaches participants options for defusing crises, promotes mental health literacy, combats stigma of mental illness, enables early intervention through recognition of the signs and symptoms and helps connect DerryPDMHF photo2 1121 2017people to appropriate resources and care in the community.

“CLM has always valued Derry Police Department’s responsiveness to critical incidents involving an individual in our community with a mental health challenge, and making this eight-hour MHFA training a priority for the entire department emphasizes their commitment toward achieving better outcomes for those impacted by mental illness and/or addiction,” stated Felsenberg.

According to Derry Police Chief Edward B. Garone, “Our partnership with CLM has been most beneficial to us here at the department. I feel that we have been better able to serve the public as a result of same. This most recent training fortifies our commitment and ability to serve those that are challenged in a way that understanding and training will facilitate our professional care and ability to serve that population. My heartfelt thanks go out to the staff of CLM for their continued support.”

CLM regularly provides Mental Health First Aid courses open to the general public. For more information, go to Events page.