We hear of horrific stories here of police dealing with people with mental illnesses. Vancouver, Canada has a great idea. Their police force has a document with an outline on dealing with mental illnesses, which accounts for 30 percent of their emergency calls.
Many people with psychotic symptoms do not know that they are ill. They may lash out if they feel threatened. The police need to diffuse the situation.
They have a group of officers in "Car 87." They will come help you get a loved one to the hospital. They will bring a registered of psychiatric nurse with them.
They also rely on the help of family member to help deal with the sick person. They encourage:
"...Engaging the assistance of a family member or caregiver of the affected individual, who can often provide insight and perspective on the behaviour, and may be able to serve as an advocate...."
We need programs like this everywhere.