Krishant Dania says even after what he witnessed, he feels safe on-campus. However, he says more work needs to be done. “I feel like the mental health stuff needs to be stressed even more,” Dania said. “It’d be cool if people, myself included, looked out for other people more with regard to mental health.”
Encounters with law enforcement can be hazardous for people with serious mental illnesses. Because of the gap in quality mental health services, jails and prisons are too often the provider of first resort for people with mental health conditions. Efforts are underway at all levels of government to devise approaches for diverting people with mental illnesses away from criminal justice settings and into appropriate treatment. Jails are a costly stopgap, and there is a growing consensus on the need for alternatives.
Tyler police chief addresses need for mental health resources during Tyler Together Race Relations Forum
Tyler Together makes a commitment to find community members to address topics of concern for residents in the area. With mental health being a big topic in national conversations, the group decided it was time to have the conversation at their monthly forum.
Children exposed to violence in their homes can suffer throughout their lives. They are, as studies from the U.S. Department of Justice have shown, more prone to commit suicide.
Kwasi Seitu, 62, says he doesn’t have post-traumatic stress disorder. Instead, he says, he has suffered from constant traumatic stress since he was a kid.
The policies now in place – among police, hospitals and other medical facilities – portray a contempt for the loved ones of people with mental illness, as revealed in reporting by The Pilot’s Jonathan Edwards on Sunday.
For a decade now, the Waco Tribune-Herald has strongly advocated for expansion of state mental-health hospital beds, not only to better address a problem far more prevalent in society than many of us might realize but also to relieve a major burden placed on long-suffering law enforcement agencies and hospital emergency-room staffs.
Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Risk of Criminal Justice Involvement and Victimization Among Homeless Adults With Mental Illness
Findings support the need for early interventions for at-risk youths and trauma-informed practice and violence prevention policies that specifically target homeless populations.
It’s not just a badge of honor: deputies want us to see it as a sign of compassion, that they are here when we need them most. El Paso County Deputy Rachel Lamb recently responded to a call at a local home. A man, who was suicidal, didn’t want to come outside.
‘It’s Mental Health, Not Mental Police’: A Human Rights Approach to Mental Health Triage and Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983
A human rights approach to the policing of mental ill-health raises fundamental questions about the vulnerability of people in the care of the police, the appropriateness of police interventions, and how societies define and delineate the role and function of the police and health sectors.
People who work in public services professions — including firefighters and police — have suicide rates nearly three times higher than the general population, according to studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Police unions from around the country came together in June to try to improve officers’ responses. They call their effort Compassionate and Accountable Responses for Everyone, and are focused on implementing mental health policies laid out in the 21st Century Cures Act, signed by former President Barack Obama in December.
For 46 hours, Andrew Holland’s legs and arms were shackled to a chair in the San Luis Obispo County jail. The inmate, who suffered from schizophrenia, was left in his own filth.
Kimberly Greer, 58, is one of thousands of people across the South and West Sides of Chicago who experience some form of mental health trauma as a result of gun violence.
“If implemented properly, this will go a long way towards improving the care and the treatment of people with mental illness in Texas jails, and towards improving jail safety for all inmates,” said Michele Deitch, senior lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law and UT Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
“I believe this is a huge step back for the mental health of officers, as far as them being able to come forward and say hey I need help,” he said.
In June, he drove to his ex-wife’s house on Father’s Day to pick up his daughters for a weekend visit and was met by two Denton police officers and a freshly filed temporary restraining order. “The accusation?” he wrote on Facebook. “I was forcing [my daughter] to be a boy. And that it constitutes abuse.”
In a single year, the Austin Police Department responds to more than 10,000 calls related to mental illness. How officers respond can protect not only police and the person in question, but the public as well.
Since 2013, Chicago police have deployed SWAT teams at least 38 times to respond to mental health incidents and suicide attempts, according to deployment logs obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Such deployments are picking up pace.
These profiles hold the promise of helping police and others tailor their responses for people with mental health issues, possibly averting situations such as a Houston police officer’s 2012 fatal shooting of a mentally ill double amputee in a wheelchair.
Police officers are at a heightened risk for suicide because of a combination of factors, including exposure to violence, job-related stress and access to firearms, according to the Justice Department. Still, many departments avoid addressing the subject.
A new research institute based in Saskatchewan is developing a strategy to deal with health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among police, paramedics and other public-safety personnel in Canada.
Nearly 50 percent of people in the criminal justice system have a mental illness. Another reality is that offenders with a mental illness or substance use disorder have an 80 percent recidivism rate. We cannot punish mental illness out of someone, and there is nothing about prison or jail that fixes addiction or cognitive dysfunction.
The Amarillo Police Department will increase mental health training for all their officers. Officer Jeb Hilton said mental health training became a top priority last year when Chief Ed Drain took control of the force.
Largely focused on mental health, the law will divert people with mental health issues and substance mental illnesses to secure bond, and require that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths. Bland’s family has been critical of the law’s limited vision.
A new report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog shows how understaffed mental health services for particularly vulnerable inmates, coupled with discredited solitary confinement conditions, can ricochet on the law-abiding.
Inmates with mental illnesses in federal prison spend on average more time in solitary confinement, or restrictive housing, than inmates without documented mental illnesses, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Justice Department’s inspector general (OIG).
The L.A. Police Protective League is one of more than a dozen police unions nationwide — including those in New York, San Jose and Chicago — calling on the federal government to pay for crisis-intervention training, less-lethal devices and officers who team up with mental health professionals to respond to emergency calls.