Kara Merriam and Sherry Randles with Centerstone provided training to several Clarksville police officers recently.
The class, "Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety," taught officers how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders that they encounter while on the job.
The training gives officers the skills to be able to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may develop a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
The class, also touched on the mental health and welfare of police officers and public safety personnel by focusing on their unique experiences and needs, which is a resource that can make a difference in their lives, their coworkers and families' lives and the community they serve.
There are several more classes scheduled throughout the rest of this year, with the goal to have each officer in the department receive training.