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APD uses stickers to combat "Elephants In the Room"

APD teamed up with NAMI against mental crisis issues (Source: WALB) APD teamed up with NAMI against mental crisis issues (Source: WALB)
The sticker was designed to identify supporters to those with mental illnesses (Source: WALB) The sticker was designed to identify supporters to those with mental illnesses (Source: WALB)
Michelle Cope (Source: WALB) Michelle Cope (Source: WALB)
APD Chief Michael Persley (Source: WALB) APD Chief Michael Persley (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Police are teaming with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), by using elephant emblems to combat the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide.

"Elephant In the Room" stickers refer to the problems of mental illness and open discussions to promote recovery.

80 percent of Albany Police officers are trained on Crisis Intervention to deal with people in a mental crisis.

Michelle Cope designed the sticker to identify supportive helpers to people with mental illnesses.

"So even a ten year old, which is the first year of statistics for suicide, ten to 14, actually the third leading cause of death is suicide, could understand when they see that sticker they are not alone," said Cope.

The "Elephant In the Room" stickers are available through the National Alliance On Mental Illness chapters in South Georgia.

You can find out how to contact the Albany NAMI for mental crisis support by clicking here.

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