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Contact: Captain Eben Bratcher, Lt. Darren Simmons, Deputy Roxanne Meyer or Alfonso Zavala
Phone: (928) 783-4427
DR# NA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10:30 AM, May 16, 2013

Project HERO

Location of Incident: Yuma County Main Library, 2951 S. 21st Drive, Yuma, AZ

On May 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the Regional Center for Border Health, will be training local area law enforcement officers on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after the direct experience of an extremely traumatic stressor.

Approximately six months ago, Regional Center for Border Health President and CEO Amanda Aguirre proposed to local law enforcement agencies a collaboration with Project HERO (Helping Everyone Reach Out) in order to bring this PTSD training to Yuma. The Project HERO workshop provides tools and guidance to assist law enforcement and health professionals on the needs of veterans, National Guard, Reservists, and their families who may be coping with post deployment mental and behavioral health issues and seeking health care in the civilian sector. This workshop will assist officers better understand what a person goes through when dealing with these health issues.

This training is closed to the public.

Media who wishes to attend and speak to Ms. Amanda Aguirre may do so from 12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. prior to the training.

Information Released By:  Alfonso Zavala, PIO