Northern Illinois University is hosting two seminars this month to train police officers on the risks of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.
The programs are happening as the result of a grant of nearly $36,000 from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Watch 23WIFR coverage of NIU grant.
The seminars will be conducted by NIU psychology professor Michelle Lilly, who specializes in PTSD and trauma recovery, and Sgt. Shawn Curry of the Peoria Police Department, who is also the vice president of the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA), which is co-sponsoring the seminars with the university.
“It’s time we give back and really save blue lives,” says Northern Illinois University associate professor of clinical psychology Michelle Lilly. “It’s just really important to remember that most people run away from danger… they’re running toward danger to protect all of us.”
The first seminar is scheduled at the Hoffman Estates campus of NIU on June 12 and 13. Another is scheduled June 26 and 27 in Naperville. Both Seminars are currently full.