BOZEMAN, Mont. -

On Thursday afternoon, a group of law enforcement was listening to headsets for a special training.

"It was tough" said Gallatin County Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Olson.

But this is what they were listening to- a bunch of jumbled up, garbled voices shouting profanities and repeating phrases like "stinkyandfoulstinkyandfoulstinkyandfoul."

And they did that for two hours, to learn what it's like to be schizophrenic, and "better understand mental illness" Olson said.

The week's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training brings together law enforcement, dispatchers and mental health workers from across Montana to teach them how to understand mental illness. It's the sixth training held in Gallatin County over the last several years.

"A lot of times officers are the first responders to... crises" said CIT trainer Courtney Duchin. "And often that's mentally ill sort of crises."

She said they teach the group diagnoses, pharmacology and they go through training like practicing scenarios.

They practiced how to de-escalate situations and prevent a larger crisis from happening- by keeping calm, not getting too close and communicating clearly and simply.

"I've come across those individuals in the field, and you just don't know what to do" Olson said.

He said he wasn't sure how to handle those situations before. But now?

"Understanding people in crisis, understanding some disorders that they might have and learning how to effectively communicate with those individuals" Olson said, about the invaluable lessons he learned.

The participants say with these new tools in hand, they'll be able to more effectively help people in crises and keep themselves and the community safe.