Mental health training for first responders

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — In the world of first responders, heroes from all over Alabama came to Dothan for the Annual Peer Support Conference.

Organizers say the conference is centered around talking about mental health issues in first responders and how they can be treated.

Participants spent a majority of the day listening to Sheriff Tom Whitcomb from New York and his experiences with post traumatic stress disorder

“The response has been phenomenal really. Everybody who’s walked in the door is coming in with a humble attitude and willingness to learn,” said Dothan Police Department Battalion Chief David Hasty. “And so you can really tell that by the interaction that’s taken place with the instructor up there. He’s interacting with the congregation, the congregation is willing to speak back and give their thoughts.”

Chief Hasty explained he believes attendees will continue learning about mental health and how to cope thanks to this year’s conference.

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