RCMP Cst. Lacy Browning with her foot on Mona Wang's head during a wellness check
Stigma

A Police “Wellness Check”/”Arrest” Gone Wrong

A still from the surveillance video shows Const. Lacy Browning stepping on student Mona Wang's head after a wellness check by the RCMP on Jan. 20. (Submitted by Bridge Law Corporation) I've written before about defunding the police as a way to address the mismatch of\ police approach and mental health. The picture above from a… Continue reading A Police “Wellness Check”/”Arrest” Gone Wrong

Dialogue bubble that says "the police need to be protected from the mentally ill people" – There's a name for that – it's stigma
Mental Health, Stigma

There’s a Name For That — It’s Stigma

I'm pretty active on Pinterest, and sometimes I'll create new pins related to older blog posts. Recently, I created a pin asking whether people in mental health crisis should be handcuffed, and linked to a post I'd done on that topic and the stigma inherent in it. Once in a blue moon I'll get a… Continue reading There’s a Name For That — It’s Stigma

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Mental Health

How to Help People in Mental Health Crisis?

Recently, I did a post about a local police force that routinely handcuffs people being apprehended to hospital under the Mental Health Act. That got me thinking about what it should look like to help people in mental health crisis. Police-mental health partnership The police force in the city where I live (not work) has a… Continue reading How to Help People in Mental Health Crisis?