State Rep Campbell pushes mental health training for police in  Massachusetts

State Rep Campbell pushes mental health training for police in Massachusetts

A physically fit body and sound mental state can do wonders as a person approaches day-to-day issues, and can make coping with challenges that much easier. Realizing the importance of sound mental health and the problems that one encounters, State Representative Linda Dean Campbell, recently organized a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) meeting, which saw advocates from across Massachusetts visit Boston to gather around and muster support for a key legislation to support people with mental health needs.

The legislation, filed by Campbell, aims to expand and diversify the mental health training imparted to the municipal police officers and use an evidence-based, tested model that’s being used by other cities across the country. The bill also hints at the Municipal Police Training Committee making it mandatory for 25 percent of the workforce to undergo a 40-hour training program, based on the Crisis Intervention Team Model.

Bill receives support

Mental health is an important aspect of maintaining a sane work culture, which must be encouraged. Police officers are an important cog in the wheel. They should know how to handle mental health patients. Not only that, the fact that a cop who’s aware about mental health and the various disorders that can possibly plague the human mind, would be better at handling situations where he or she needs to deal with such an individual.

The chief of Methuen Police Department, Joseph Solomon, was all praise for the bill stating that he would fully support any legislation that allows police officers to be better equipped at serving people who are affected by mental disorders.

“I am really thankful, not only for NAMI’s support as far as this legislation is concerned, but also in the testimonials of fellow municipal officers who work with the law enforcement agencies and recognize that approximately 2 million individuals with mental illness are booked into jails each year, out of which 15 percent men and 30 percent women have serious mental illnesses. We are facing a crisis,” said Campbell, speaking at an event recently in this regard.

It is possible for a person convicted for a crime to have a mental breakdown, and develop anxiety or depression or some other mental health disorder. In what appears to be a corollary, a person who suffers from a mental illness may resort to take matters into his own hands to vent out his or her frustration, and in the process end up committing suicide. Situations such as this make the legislation so much more valid and prevalent in the current scenario.

Help can be sought

Mental health disorders affect individuals deeply and have the potential to wreak havoc on a person’s life. It is important that individuals so affected do not try to self-treat and seek help for such conditions from certified mental health treatment centers in Los Angeles, or any other city they are in. A mental disorder is a condition that is treatable and nothing to be ashamed of.

Seeking help is the first step on the road to recovery and should always be encouraged. Sovereign Health offers a congenial atmosphere for patients to make a speedy recovery from various mental health disorders. We have a holistic approach to the treatment. Our experts enable a patient to turn his or her life around and lead a better life.

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