Understanding Mental Health Conditions & Mental Illnesses
This module introduces participants to information on mental health conditions and mental illnesses and increases participants’ understanding of mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and anxiety disorders, as well as their signs and symptoms. Mental health disorders specific to children and youth and their associated symptoms and behaviors are also presented in this module. The role of medication in the treatment of people living with mental illnesses is discussed.
This module should be taught by a mental health subject matter expert from your community, with the presence of law enforcement as a co-trainer. If questions arise that should be answered by law enforcement, particularly questions on how the information presented relates to law enforcement roles and responsibilities in your community, it will be important that a law enforcement co-trainer is there. For the section focused on children and youth, it is helpful to have a trainer with expertise in this area to be present.
Time 160 minutes
Upon completing this module, participants should be able to:
Define mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and anxiety disorders in adults, and impulse control and disruptive disorders in children and youth;
Describe some signs, symptoms, and behaviors you may see in people living with the above disorders;
Identify some strategies to use when responding to a person living with these disorders; and
Describe the role of medication in the treatment of mental illnesses and medication-related considerations for law enforcement.