I had the chance to talk to some people who are living with mental illness about their interactions with law enforcement. It was great to hear their stories and suggestion for better interactions.
The term consumer has been given to someone who is living with a mental illness but locally consumers prefer to be called peers. After hearing them talk and asking questions here are some do’s and don’t in a time a crisis for first responders.
My favorite line that was said was:
“Officers are our advocates for our health when we cannot advocate for ourselves”
Ask a Doc-Ask a Cop: The Mental Health Minute