The National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization presented it’s first ever Crisis Intervention Training Award on December 7, at the NAMI Holiday Dinner, at the Eugene Hilton.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Or NAMI is dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI has hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in communities to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
On December 7, 2015 Officer Mackey received the first ever Crisis intervention training award from a list of candidates that were nominated from several departments based upon the following criteria.
- Conducts oneself in a professional manner always treating individuals with respect and the dignity they deserve.
• Demonstrates compassion with individuals and the families who are in crisis and need help.
• Focuses on the fundamental mission to divert those with mental illnesses from jail when this can be done with little risk to public safety.
• Exhibits through one’s interaction with the community the knowledge to work with persons in crisis who may have a mental illness.
• Conducts oneself in such a way as to have a profound impact not only on contacted individuals, but also on their loved ones and members of the community at large.
• Advocates for those affected by a mental health diagnosis.
“There’s a lot of people that don’t end up seeking out help and again– that’s another opportunity for us through our contacts with people every day to offer help and assistance,” Mackey said.