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Mental Health First Aid Course
11/16/2017 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:           Mental Health First Aid Course

Location:                            Camarillo Police Department Community Meeting Room


Date & Time:                     December 12th & 13th, 2017/ 5:00PM ' 9:30PM


Unit Responsible:             Camarillo 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 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 the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department


Prepared by:  Mark Stadler, CIT Program Administrator


Media Release Date:    11/16/2017


Follow-Up Contact: or (805) 388-5107  


Approved by: Captain Jeremy Paris