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First Responders Take Part in MHFA Training

Greenville Fire Chief Eric Griffin, left, joins fellow first responders for Mental Health First Aid training at PCC's Greenville Center.

GREENVILLE—Area public safety personnel received special training at Pitt Community College's Greenville Center this month that will help them assist individuals experiencing mental health challenges or crises.

Between Aug. 4-12, the first responders took part in PCC’s new Mental Health First Aid (Adult) training, which was taught by Dr. Ray Taylor, chair of the PCC Human Services Department.

Greenville Fire Chief Eric Griffin says information provided through the MHFA course will help emergency personnel handle mental health issues while enabling them to provide better care to members of the community they serve. He says the course is required for all 157 of Greenville’s firefighting personnel and is strongly encouraged for EMS workers, adding that public safety officials want to help increase awareness of mental health literacy in the community.

Taylor says he hopes MHFA training will help “demystify mental illness” and eliminate associated stigma while moving “more and more people toward recovery.”