Law enforcement officers took part in role-playing scenarios as part of a week-long crisis intervention training course held at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass. The course was geared toward helping officers assess and act during situations involving a person with a mental health issue.
May is nationally recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, and mental health advocates in the Berkshires are becoming involved to educate the public about the resources available for those living with mental illness.
As part of a way to draw attention to mental illness is his local community, North Adams mayor Richard Alcombright recently called together a discussion with mental health professionals and representatives of area mental health service providers.
"Really what we wanted do this week was to get out some awareness and get it going," said Alcombright.