Fayetteville PD receives grant to train mental health first aiders for first responders

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) — The Fayetteville Police Department is receiving an unusual grant, but one that will hopefully become more common around the world in the coming weeks and months.

The department has been awarded a $40,000 grant, with $26,000 distributed to train 16 officers in mental health first responders, Sergeant Jeremy Glass announced Friday.

The training will be provided through the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and the grant will be used to ensure the training of the department’s officers, Glass said in an emailed press release.

“Training programs under this project would be offered to counselors, police officers, teachers/school administrators, primary care professionals, students, and others with the goal of improving the mental health of Americans, reducing stigma surrounding mental illness, and helping people at risk.” suicide or self-harm and refer them to appropriate treatment,” the National Council’s website said.

In addition, the Fayetteville Police Department said it will work with Cumberland County Communicare to carry out similar proactive care work in the community.

The department did not say when this training would begin or how the grant was determined.

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