Cape Girardeau police spread important message on World Mental Health Day

Cape Girardeau police, firefighter chiefs speak out for 'World Mental Health Day'

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Police in Cape Girardeau, Missouri are working to spread a message on mental health during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Police said Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day.

Mental illness affects millions of people in the U.S. and the department said it’s important to understand its impact.

Police said one in five U.S. adults will experience mental illness this year, one in 25 will experience serious mental illness this year and one in six children (ages six through 17) will experience a mental health disorder this year.

“Mental health is something that we deal with out on the street on a routine basis, and we recognized several years ago that when people are in crisis, we’re sometimes their first call. And it became really important for us to know how to recognize somebody that’s in a mental health crisis and to effectively deal with that. I’m proud to say that at this point, we are four officers away from having our entire patrol staff trained in crisis intervention training, which is phenomenal and almost unheard of in law enforcement.”
Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair

They shared a video on Facebook over the topic as well:

PSA: World Mental Health Day

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week with today, October 10, being World Mental Health Day. Millions of people in the US are affected by mental illness. It is important that we understand the impact that this ILLNESS has on everybody. You are not alone: 1 in 5 US adults will experience mental illness this year; 1 in 25 will experience serious mental illness this year; and 1 in 6 children (aged 6-17) will experience a mental health disorder this year No age, no sex, no economic group, no racial group is immune from mental health issues. #onecape #workingtogether

Posted by Cape Girardeau Police Department on Thursday, October 10, 2019

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