NAU partners with Flagstaff PD to promote mental health awareness

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Northern Arizona University’s educational psychology department and Beta Alpha chapter of Chi Sigma Iota have teamed with the Flagstaff Police Department (FPD) to present a citizen’s liaison committee addressing mental health concerns. The public forum “Mental Health Crises in Flagstaff and Coconino County: How local law enforcement and community behavioral health agencies work together” takes place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in The College of Education, room 190.

A panel of health care and law enforcement professionals will discuss how to be prepared for mental health situations, such as who to call when concerned about a loved one’s mental health or addiction, how to handle a suicidal crisis and what to do when noticing strange and disturbing behavior in a public setting.

The panel will include representatives from FPD, NAU police department, Behavioral Health at Flagstaff Medical Center, The Guidance Center‘s Crisis Unit, Health Choice Integrated Care, Native Americans for Community ActionNAU counseling services, Terros Health, Southwest Behavioral Health and Services and other agencies.

The forum is free and open to all. Panel members will take questions from the audience and light refreshments will be served. Free parking for the event is available in lot 13 (behind Cline Library) and students will be outside handing out parking passes. A campus map can be found online.

Cheyenne Jarrette