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THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY IS UNDER ATTACK BY LAW ENFORCEMENT

March 2021

As a covid-19 crisis counselor, I make open and empathetic space for tears, grief, the loss of jobs and loss of self. A month ago, one such caller reached my line and I will probably never forget this woman, her son, or his story.
This young man represents thousands of individuals struggling with mental health all over the country. These individuals, having reached a breaking point, at times end up in situations involving the police. The police, having little to no mental health training, treat mental health as a crime and act accordingly.

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