999 What’s Your Emergency?

The police play a crucial role in the management of mental health issues in many different ways. Here’s a re-blog from Inspector Michael Brown, aka The Mental Health Cop, whose excellent blog and Twitter feed highlight many of the issues faced by British police when tackling mental health issues – this one focused on Channel Four’s recent programme relating to 999 emergency calls.

Mental Health Cop

There was quite a debate about the above programme when it was aired on Channel Four last night – you can watch it for a limited period of time on the Channel Four ‘catch up’ website.  Last night, it all focussed upon people’s “state of mind”, ie mental health issues and it was all set in Blackpool, covered by Lancashire Police and the North West Ambulance Service.

Using the hashtag #999whatsyouremergency there were various comments flying around the Twittersphere.  Some warmed my heart – a combination of people expressing sympathy for some people who came to the attention of the 999 services in a variety of formats and some who quite obviously did not believe the kinds of mental health demands that hit the ambulance and police services on a daily basis.

I was amazed that at no stage in the programme did the editors attempt to signpost people in crisis…

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