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“Lehigh Valley librarians receive mental health sensitivity training”

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This June 23, 2014 article on the LehighValleyLive website talks about a training that may be among the first to be offered to librarians to help them be more sensitive to the needs of people with mental illnesses who may use the library.  Librarians from several counties attended.

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English: An American Lady butterfly against a cloud-filled sky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Hearing Voices”

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This March 23, 2013 article on the StandardSpeaker.com website talks about training that Luzerne County police underwent.  The training involved wearing headphones and hearing things ranging from critical statements soothing music.   While at the same time they were hearing the voices on the headphones, they were run through a basic roadside sobriety test and given instructions at a fast pace.  The combination of what they were hearing through the headphones and the instructions they were given for the roadside sobriety test confused the officers.  So why did they do this you ask?  Simple to get an idea of what it might be like for someone who is having auditory hallucinations during a seemingly simple stop.

 

If this is the same training session I took awhile back, it is one that I feel everyone who comes in contact with mentally ill folks should take if they are first responders, mental health workers, or anyone in the medical field.  The training really does offer some insight into what it might be like for others.

“Franklin County officials to learn mental illness strategies”

http://www.publicopiniononline.com/localnews/ci_15800476

This article appeared in the August 17, 2010 edition of “Public Opinion” I thought it was great to see that Franklin is beginning to better train its first responders in how to better deal with folks who are mentally ill, but I have to ask …. when is the rest of the state going to do the same?

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