Policing and Mental Health: Fixing Symptoms and Ignoring Problems
Free Public Lecture
Melbourne Business School
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The role of police is often discussed in the context of untoward incidents involving the use of force, including fatal force in responding to people experiencing mental health crises. By drawing upon major reports from around the world, this presentation will argue that while improvements in policing through better training and increased collaboration with healthcare providers is necessary, such improvements on their own will never be sufficient. A focus on policing ignores the evidence and recommendations from numerous inquiries and investigations into deaths in police custody or following police contact. The real problem to be addressed is the extent to which society relies upon the police and the criminal justice system as a routine part of mental health care in responding to people experiencing mental health crises.
This event is supported by Forensicare (Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health).