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Law enforcement and local resources set up a Mental Health First Aid Training Day

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Law enforcement and local resources have put together a Mental Health First Aid Training Day for the public.

Lieutenant Avrie Schott with La Cross Police, said 1 in 5 adults are living with mental illness. Schott said this training day would teach the public the symptoms of someone who has a mental illness and how to approach and distressed mentally ill individual and how to get them the proper care they need.

“I think that we all live, work and go to school here, interact with one another so helping each other in the community that we live in is so important,” said Schott.

Diana DiazGranados, the Project Evaluator for Better Together, said they hope to make Mental Health First Aid Training Day an annual event.

“I think its an opportunity for our community to become more compassionate and empathetic and more knowledgeable about the importance of mental health and taking care of our mental wellness,” said DiazGranados.

Event details:

When: May 22, 2019

Location: Viterbo Fine Arts Center, 929 Jackson St, La Crosse, WI 54601

There will be demonstrations, talking point on how to calm someone down who is having a mental crisis, and then how to seek help and identify resources in the community he or she can reach out too. Schott said the event is almost out of seats, to register for the event click here.

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Lindsey Ford

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