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NIU seminars available for police officers to discuss mental health, PTSD

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University is hosting a number of seminars in an effort to combat the growing number of police officers affected by post-traumatic stress disorder or contemplating suicide.

The sessions will be free for the first 80 law enforcement officers, and registration is available online at www.registeruo.niu.edu.

The sessions are for official police personnel only, according to the release.

There are two 2-day sessions available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the dates are June 12 and 13 at NIU Hoffman Estates, 5555 Trillium Blvd., Hoffman Estates; and June 26 and 27 at NIU’s Naperville campus, 1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville.

According to a news release from the university, 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.

Presentations will include learning the symptoms of PTSD, identifying ways to cope and treatment opportunities with a mental health professional.

The seminars are sponsored by a $36,000 Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority grant to NIU, and the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association.

– Shaw Media

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