Mayor & His Office Attend Mental Health Training Course
Albuquerque- Mayor Richard J. Berry and members of his administration are among the first City of Albuquerque employees to participate in the Mental Health First Aid training, an eight-hour course hosted and taught by CNM on July 19.
Similar to CPR training where no clinical background is required, Mental Health First Aid helps individuals assist someone experiencing a mental health related issue to prevent the situation from escalating.
The course teaches:
- How to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis by learning risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns
- Strategies for how to help and support someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations
- Where professional mental health resources are available
Through a partnership with the City, Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is providing the National Council on Community Behavior board-certified training.
“CNM is very honored to be able to provide this important training to the Mayor and his staff,” said CNM President Katharine Winograd. “The Mayor is showing great leadership for all of us by being proactive in learning about mental illness, its symptoms, and methods for preventing emergency situations before they happen. We’re pleased to offer our educational services to our partners at the City for this effort.”
“Mental health impacts a lot of people across the nation. Here in Albuquerque, we want to make a positive difference in the lives of all of our citizens, including individuals and family members who are impacted by mental health related issues,” Mayor Berry said. “Through Mental Health First Aid training, our goal is to better prepare employees to recognize and support individuals experiencing a mental health crisis or non-crisis.”
These efforts complement existing City programs, including APD’s Crisis Intervention Teams, and is an action that evolved from the Creating Community Solutions on Mental Health neighborhood dialogues that have been underway throughout the City since July 2013. To date, approximately 500 residents from the Greater Albuquerque Region have convened as part of the Creating Community Solutions on Mental Health National Dialogue to gather input on how best to promote recovery and healthy communities, find innovative community-based solutions, and develop actions that complement and improve our existing mental health systems.
The Mayor has directed his staff and Directors to help identify additional city employees who interface with the public to take the course and become Mental Health First Aid Certified.