News Story


Mental Health First Aid Course
10/16/2017 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:           Mental Health First Aid Course

Location:                            Thousand Oaks Police Department Community Meeting Room


Date & Time:                     December 5th & 6th, 2017/ 5:00PM ' 9:30PM


Unit Responsible:             Thousand Oaks Police Department




1 in 5 people have a mental illness or addiction: So, what can I do'

Learn Mental Health First Aid!  It is a free, two part, 8 hour certified training to help someone developing a mental health problem or at risk of suicide or harm.  This innovative program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like 'What can I do if someone is in crisis''  'How do I approach someone in distress''   'What do I say''  'How can I help''   'Where can someone find help'' 


You will learn:

wAbout common mental health and substance use disorders                              

wWarning signs and symptoms of mental health problems 

wPotential risk factors  

wLocal resources and supports

wA five step action plan:

        Assess for risk of suicide or harm

        Listen Non-judgmentally

        Give reassurance and information

        Encourage appropriate professional help

        Encourage self-help and other support strategies

To register please email Mary Ellen Collins, Certified Trainer: or call (805) 657-4408


Made possible through funding from Ventura County Behavioral Health Department


Prepared by:  Mark Stadler, CIT Program Administrator


Media Release Date:   October 16th, 2017


Follow-Up Contact:     Mark Stadler   805-388-5107


Approved by:  Captain Eric Tennessen