In this Beyond the 1st Response episode, Christy and Ciara chat with Sara Clow about how her life changed five years ago and what she’s doing now for change. She is a remarkable human who shows such resilience!
We talked with Sara about her story and courage to speak up. She lost her law enforcement husband just over five years ago to suicide, and that has helped drive her to change how mental health is viewed and handled within our departments and community.
Sara now works for NAMI as the CIT Program Director in Northern Nevada. She talked about how all states have the CIT (Crisis Intervention Training), but some do not have it mandated, like Nevada does. All law enforcement agencies must undergo the 40-hour training to help recognize mental illness during calls and how to de-escalate these calls so that people don’t have to be handcuffed because of mental illness. The other side of that is having the talks and telling her story to our first responders, so hopefully, they can recognize their mental health struggles and that it is okay not to be okay.
Sara also sits on the board of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention – Nevada chapter! She chats with us about what that entails and how her two crucial roles with each organization “work” together to help raise awareness for suicide prevention within our community.
Sara is a fantastic friend and advocate within our community and beyond. She works hard to make the change and get things done. Ciara is fortunate to call her a friend and proudly stand next to her in breaking the stigma!
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