In England, the government is funding new crisis centers for mentally ill people. Right now, many adults having an episode are thrown into police cells when they haven't committed a crime. Being thrown into jail can be traumatic for someone who is already having mental illness symptoms.
They want to build these safe spaces for someone to wait in until they can get a bed in the hospital.
Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns at Mind, the mental health charity, said:
“We welcome this announcement, which details how money initially announced last May will be spent.
“Too many people in mental health crisis end up in police cells when they are unwell, because there is nowhere else for police to take them. When you are in crisis you need to be in an appropriate, safe, therapeutic environment, not treated like a criminal.
“This funding will help provide more suitable places to take people in some areas, and we look forward to future announcements detailing how the rest of the £15 million will reach frontline services, urgently, to ensure people in crisis get the help they need, when they need it.”