For the Jamaican-born mental health advocate, encountering a person experiencing homelessness going through a bad mental health episode in public happens often in his Toronto neighbourhood. As Global News reports, when police take someone into custody under their provincial mental health act, handcuffs are usually involved. Imagine that instead of calling police for a mental health crisis you could dial 811 and a dedicated team of clinicians and peer workers showed up instead. For the two of them, addressing the root causes of a mental health crisis involves putting more resources into anti-poverty work and mental health care. — Nicole M (@nicolasophia101) June 17, 2020Canadians can get trainingThere’s no national resource that provides trauma-informed mental health first responder training, but Fader hopes ongoing discussions about mental health lead to it.
Source: Huffington Post June 29, 2020 21:22 UTC