There’s something I’d like to address.
The police and all others who work with the general public need training on how to deescalate situations involving mental illness. They get crisis training, but it’s not enough. We should be forcing the police to take classes from mental health professionals because learning how to handle unpredictable situations better and learn sensitivity towards mentally ill people to reduce the death rates should be a priority. I understand that police officers face dangerous situations every day and that they’re here to protect and serve, but many times they take things too far. One of them is when they shoot and kill a person because they have this disease of the mind.
After all, mental illness isn’t a crime. Right?
Maybe it is: by society’s standards.
What it comes down to is: people fear what they don’t understand, including our public service officials.
The biggest thing we need to do is train public service officials on how to respond to people having mental breakdowns without shooting them. Or, at the very least, bring in mental health professionals to deescalate bad situations. They need to understand that the majority of us aren’t dangerous and that we never asked to have this. “Sane” people can be and often are far more of a danger than those with a mental illness. Being a danger to society is NOT mental illness-related. Doing bad things is a conscious choice. I wish everyone would understand this.
Here’s a couple of interesting articles: