Mental Health First Aid Training
They deal with more cases of mental illness than most people.
So far this year there have been more than 200 Baker Act cases reported to the Alachua County Sheriffs Office.
On Thursday ACSO employees got some specialized training on how to make the best decisions in dealing with people suffering from mental illness.
One in four Americans lives with a mental illness.
"I personally think that everyone in the world is dealing with something and you never ever know when they are going through a rough time," said Linda Brown who is the Record Bureau Chief with the ACSO.
Up to two- thirds of them go without treatment, but that fraction can change if more people start recognizing the symptoms and encourage others to get professional help.
"I do have family and friends that have had some experience with it. Mostly depression and some substance abuse," said Brown.
The 12- hour course gives people the ability to learn how to identify when someone is suffering from a mental illness.
"So that extreme sadness or the withdraw and isolation or the inability to cope with what they are dealing with or extreme stress," said Joe Munson who is the Vice President, Residential & Related Services with Meridian Behavioral Healthcare.
Munson said the most common types of mental illnesses are anxiety, depression and substance use.
"It keeps people from working, it keeps people from going to school. It affects their relationships that they have with people and it affects the ability for them to take care of themselves," said Munson.
During the training, munson teaches the mental health first aid action plan which is also known as "ALGEE."'
"If you can do that i think people have a better opportunity to recover from mental illness," said Munson.
According to Munson, he most important thing to do is approach people in a non-judgemental and caring way.
"You want them to be able to do it in a setting that's private and intimate and not in a public place where people could over here because again there is stigma there is fear," said Munson.
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