World Teen Mental Wellness Day
On March 2 the Palos Park Police Department recognized "World Teen Mental Wellness Day." New CDC data reveals that almost one in five teens across the nation have seriously considered attempting suicide. Numbers can be higher for students identifying as female, black, or non-heterosexual.
In March 2016 the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) launched the One Mind Campaign in response to the growing number and frequency of interactions between police and individuals with mental illness and substance use disorder. In 2018 Mayor John Mahoney announced all Palos Park Police Officers would be certified in mental health first aid and trained as resource specialists who can provide immediate and effective response to calls involving a mental health crisis.
All Palos Park Police officers continue to be trained as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officers to work with individuals who have a mental illness. The training prepares officers and offers insight for an officer outside of the typical field encounter and allows them to better understand the nuances of specific disorders.