Mental Health De-Escalation Series: For First Responders and other Security Personnel

Why Attend?
NAMI P.D. Connect was created a little over 2 years ago, and since then has achieved tremendous success in educating security personnel about more effective strategies for handling mental health concerns. We know that these situations can be very frustrating, and often times it may seem as if there are very little options as to what can be done. This training aims to fill in some of those gaps, empowering you to feel more certain and assured when responding to mental health situations.

Throughout these sessions, we provide an overview of what mental illness is, how to best interact with someone who is exhibiting symptoms of a mental illness, and what practical resources are available to use as referrals for individuals and family members.

Who Should Attend?

This program is beneficial for all police officers, first responders, or general security personnel. We hope that you will take advantage of this program and join us in helping to connect individuals who have a mental illness and their family members to life changing resources.




Series Schedule: August 2019
Attendance at all 4 sessions is not required for participation, but highly recommended.

All sessions will take place at:
6:30PM to 9:00PM
Christ Church of Oakbrook (Room 160/161)
501 Oak Brook Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Monday, August 5th What is Mental Illness? – Learn more about the prevalence of mental illness, common diagnoses, and the common signs and symptoms.

Monday, August 12th Mental Health & Recovery – Hear first hand from two speakers who have mental illness and are currently in recovery while learning about recovery options for people including therapy and medication.

Monday, August 19th De-Escalation: Action Plan for Communicating Effectively – We will work through a very practical action plan which you can follow when handling a mental health call.

Monday, August 26th Community Resources – Connect with representatives from the Mental Illness Court Alternative Program (MICAP), the State’s Attorney, Gateway (Substance Use), and NAMI DuPage.

If you have any questions please contact Sara Hynes at or (630) 752 – 0066

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