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Illinois now requires mental health training for police officers

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Mental health training for police officers is now mandatory in the state of Illinois.

A new law that took effect January 1 said police officer training schools must now "include recognizing signs and symptoms of work-related cumulative stress, issues that may lead to suicide, and solutions for intervention with peer support resources."

Those peer support resources are something Quincy Police say they have already implemented.

"When there is crisis, then that peer support team can respond. Whether or not its in a family problem, mental health issue, substance abuse problems, anything like that. That team is then equipped to respond to the first responders to assist that person," said Sgt. Nick Hiland with the Quincy Police Dept.

QPD said a mental health stigma among first responders to tough it out is something they hope to break down and eliminate with this new training.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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