Group Seeks To Train First Responders To Identify Signs Of Mental Illness Among Veterans

The Kaiser Health News (4/26, Gillespie) “Capsules” blog reported that “a push for new funding – and the use of existing funds – may soon make more resources available to help identify” veterans needing “help with depression or other mental illness through the National Council for Behavioral Health’s ‘Mental Health First Aid training.’”

NCBH, along with other groups advocating for those with mental illnesses, is “seeking part of the at least $15 million allocated to train first responders, which include police, nurses and college administrators, to identify the warning signs of mental illness among veterans, teaching ‘de-escalation’ techniques and referring people at risk to” mental healthcare professionals.

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— “First-Aid Training For Mental Health Could Aid At-Risk Veterans,” Lisa Gillespie, Kaiser Health News, April 26, 2014.

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