Click play below to listen to KMZU’s Ashley Johnson speak with Trenton Police Chief Tommy Wright.

Tommy Wright

The Trenton Police Department and North Central Missouri College are hosting a Youth Mental First Aid Training class. “This class lets the people who work with youth, including the police, it helps us recognize mental health crisis,” said Wright, “It will help us understand how to deal with it effectively.  It gives us the opportunity to maybe help link some people that are in mental health crisis’s with service providers.  We want to make sure that we’re getting those people to the service providers that they need.”

Anyone who works with youth is encouraged to register.  “It will present the present the opportunity for us to learn that mental health issues are just a severe and serious as normal physical handicaps,” Wright said, “I think that is one of the greatest things that many of the attendees from last years class learned.  In that, they learned that somebody with bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia, can be just as disabled as someone who is in a wheelchair. These mental health issues effect us everyday and a lot of the times, some of the problems that we are seeing as police officers, may be deeply rooted to those issues and not necessarily just bad social behavior.”

Our youth are our future.  “Everybody impacts the youth in our communities,” said Wright, “It’s a big group that has the opportunity to help our youth, so anybody that wants to come, is more than welcome to do so, including parents.

If you are interested in this class, there are a couple things you can do to find out more information.  “It is limited to 35 participants per class session,” Wright said, “If you need more information, feel free to get ahold of me by e-mailing me at twright@trentonmo.com, or calling me at the office at 660-359-5557.”

Registration forms can also be found at Trenton City Hall or the Trenton Police Department.