City of La Crosse staff learning the signs of mental health and substance abuse issues

La Crosse Police members lead training

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A training session will help City of La Crosse employees recognize the signs of mental health and substance abuse.

The session was a joint effort by the La Crosse Police Department, La Crosse employee wellness and La Crosse County’s ‘Better Together’ project.

Training was led by La Crosse Police members who have been certified in mental health first aid.

Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. is living with a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

That’s why the training is important for everyone in city hall.

“We may be in a position to help them, and so this education really provides some good information for everyone to understand so that they can seek those resources and help somebody that is in need,” said La Crosse Police Chief Shawn Kudron.

The goal is to have all city employees trained by the end of this year.