This is the core text in Emond’s Mental Health Awareness Series. If you are looking for information on the companion handbook, click here.
Mental Health Awareness: Practical Skills for First Responders offers a Canadian perspective on the challenges that first responders face in identifying and intervening with those in crisis. Using relevant examples and trends, this text helps readers navigate criminal justice and mental health systems in Canada, and prepares them for frontline work.
Mental health is examined through various lenses throughout the text. Both historical and emerging developments are taken into consideration, including how mental health is portrayed in pop-culture. This text also features practical scenarios and commentary that can serve current or aspiring professionals across multiple fields (e.g. policing, EMS, fire services, corrections, residential work, and social work).
With this solid foundation, students and professionals will be prepared to handle a variety of often stressful situations in a way that keeps everyone involved safe.
Part I: Introducing Mental Health In Front-Line Work
Chapter 1: Justice and Injustice
Chapter 2: Context is Everything
Chapter 3: Deinstitutionalization
Part II: Common Mental Health Issues
Chapter 4: Depression and Anxiety
Chapter 5: Concurrent Disorders and Addictions
Chapter 6: Personality Disorders and Schizophrenia
Chapter 7: Suicide Intervention
Part III: Mental Health Interventions for Those in Crisis
Chapter 8: Skilled Labour
Chapter 9: It Takes a Community
Chapter 10: Working with Victims
Part IV: Emerging Trends
Chapter 11: Controversial Topics in the Helping Fields
Chapter 12: Resiliency and Organizational Responses
About the Authors:
Marc Laferriere is a professor in the Department of Social Services and Justice Studies and a former coordinator of the Community Justice Services program at Mohawk College.
He is an award-winning educator and has been featured on a variety of television and print publications discussing issues of mental health, systems change, and community development. He is the recipient of the YMCA Peace Medallion for his efforts in social work, child and youth work, and community advocacy.
Marc has worked on the front lines of the mental health field in a variety of capacities with organizations such as Pioneer Youth Services, Avalon Children's Residences, and Moncton Youth Residences. He was also a clinical social worker for Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services and the Grand River Community Health Centre and was the BSW Practicum Coordinator for Wilfrid Laurier University.
Marc holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as an Honors Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters in Social Work from Lakehead University. Recently he has completed the Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change program at Harvard University's Kennedy School.
Stephanie Miloknay is a professor and the coordinator of the Police Foundations program at Mohawk College. She retired holding the rank of sergeant after serving 24 years with the Halton Regional Police Service. During her career, she obtained extensive experience in the areas of frontline enforcement, crisis intervention, investigations, and policy development.
Stephanie held a secondment at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service supporting the Policing Standards Section by providing general operational expertise and advice in relation to current policing issues. She has been a member of the Hostage/Crisis Negotiator team, receiving certification through the Canadian Police College; was trained in Critical Incident Stress Management; and was a team leader with the Halton Regional Police Service's Peer Support Team.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Toronto and her Masters degree in social work from McMaster University. Stephanie is also certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and operated a private practice providing therapeutic support to clients with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.