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Police need better training to deal with the mentally ill | Robert Karrass

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 9:44 AM | By Robert Karrass

Is the criminalization of mental illness a byproduct of police action?

 

Those living with mental illness are over-represented in Canada’s justice system. Approximately 36 per cent of federal offenders need psychiatric or psychological follow-up. Further, 45 per cent of male inmates and 69 per cent of female inmates receive institutional mental health care services, according to a report by Sapers & Zinger (2012).

Mental illness is also a significant factor for police who are called to respond to emergencies, having first to recognize the issues...