This is a must have for law enforcement or any field service provider for mental health across the country. First like most of my favorite apps, it is free. Secondly you just click the type of service your looking for (Counseling, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Therapist and more) and it will tell you where the closest to you is located and contact information for it. It is a pretty simple app and isn’t to fancy, so if you want fancy look away. This is available in iTunes and I am not sure if it is available for android. Download it and give it a shot, it doesn’t cost you anything and maybe it will help you save a life!
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Have you ever wondered why should I give to help those in need? If you have please take 60 seconds to watch this social experiment. Can you spare a dollar to help someone in need?
I use this iTunes app almost daily while I am at work. It is easy to use and helps me quickly gain information from the name of medications people tell me they are taking. I can quickly check up and see if the medications they told me they take for depression might actually be for schizophrenia. This app is good for finding out information on psych medications, quickly and with ease. The only negative is this app is for mental health medication only, so if you are trying to figure out another medication you come across you will be out of luck. I truly believe this is a must have for every first responder. The great thing about this app is it is free! So get it before they start charging!
We met up with Bosque Farms Police Department as they were holding a mental health awareness class. We are partnering with them to help establish A Helping Hand Project in their community to help the vulnerable. We got to meet excellent law enforcement personnel from Santa Fe Police Department, UNM Police Department and Valencia County Sheriffs Department!
We were told a story that an officer responding to a call for a welfare check and found a young child in need. The child had no bed, dresser and few clothes. The officer paid out of his own pocket $500! To help the child and purchased the items he needed. He even brought them to the house and set them up.
Officers shared their stories of helping others and the lack of services or ability to help more. There is difficulty getting to treatment in the outskirts of Albuquerque when you have no means or money for transportation to your appointment. Often times you are left to the mercy of your illness. Officers go out with people on regular bases that have no money to pay for their medications or have a means to obtain them. They spoke of times when people have not eaten for a few days and providing them with a simple meal helped more than we can imagine.
A Helping Hand Project is for these people. Thank you for your donations to help the vulnerable population in our community.
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Nonprofit teams up with Bosque Farm’s Police to help people living with mental illness
By Matthew Tinney
July 9, 2014
Albuquerque, NM – Local nonprofit the Crisis Intervention Team, Inc. (CIT, Inc.) announces the Helping Hand Project. It is designed to keep people living with mental illness and/or homelessness out of jail. Often times when law enforcement responds to a crisis situation involving these specific groups, they are left with limited options to help. People in crisis need their basic needs met immediately – a warm bed or meal. When these individuals are taken to jail, the source of the problems prompting a police response are not addressed. They are eventually released, untreated, still homeless, and without coping options.
The Bosque Farm’s Police Department (BFPD) has graciously agreed to partner with CIT, Inc. to implement the Helping Hand Project and end this cycle. Together, their goal is to provide immediate services to those in crisis, like food, shelter, and safety. Then use established support programs as a bridge to get them into long-term services like housing and mental health care.
The Helping Hand Project will make this possible with donations made through their website www.goCIT.org.
The Helping Hand Project gives law enforcement a way to make a difference in your community by helping the most disenfranchised people in crisis. Their long-term goals are to end homelessness and avoid community tragedies.
The Crisis Intervention Team, Inc. (CIT Inc.) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization in Albuquerque, NM that aims to promote public safety, destigmatization, reduce tragedies and enrich the lives of those affected by mental illness. For more information on CIT, Inc. and their projects please see their website http://www.goCIT.org
To learn more about this, please contact
Matthew Tinney, Director
Crisis Intervention Team, Inc.
I am so excited that Bosque Farm’s Police Department is going to participate in the Helping Hands Project. They see the need to help others in their community and reached out to us to provide some training. Little did they know we will be providing another option for them when it comes to helping individuals in crisis who are living with a metal illness and/or homeless! It is nice to see this agency stepping up their level of policing to get training in helping those in crisis.
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We are also teaming up with the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department to help those in need. We will be delivering Walmart cards this week!
Thank you Katy Pollock, Sergiu Iva, Marguerite Greiner for stepping up to the challenge and taking the bucket of ice water on your heads!
Thank you Chris Tinney for accepting the challenge and taking the ice bucket! You are amazing!
Both of these two chomped out but for a good cause. Thank you Brenda Sylvest and Lynda Pollock for your donations and helping out the charity.
The Mental Health Minute