Police Treat More Of San Francisco’s Mental Health Crises
A hostage negotiation team says it is better equipped to handle people dealing with acute mental health problems in emergencies instead of resorting to using lethal force. In California, people not living in the U.S. legally are dealing with the mental health ramifications that a fear of deportation and the threat of violence are bringing after the 2016 election.
San Francisco Chronicle:
SF Police See Progress In Dealing With People In Mental Crisis
The San Francisco police hostage crisis negotiation team responded to more calls in 2016 than in any year in recent history, an uptick that officials see as a sign that the department is moving in the right direction in dealing with people suffering from mental health crises. (Ho, 1/2)
Kaiser Health News:
Fear Of Deportation, Hate Crimes Reportedly Threaten Mental Health Of Young Californians
Around the country, children and adolescents who are undocumented immigrants or who have undocumented family members, are experiencing a surge in stress, depression and anxiety, advocates, educators and mental health providers say. The same is true for young people belonging to other groups targeted by threats or hate crimes, including Muslim and transgender youth. Reports of these mental health concerns remain mostly anecdotal so far. (Weiner, 1/3)