Being Taken Away In A Police Car Suggests You’ve Done Something Wrong!

(2-23-18) In this two-minute SAMHSA Gains Center vignette, I describe how stigmatizing it is to be transported to a mental facility by the police, rather than in an ambulance or by a family member. I realize there are times when someone is so psychotic that calling the police is necessary, but it is always less traumatic for family members and a person, who is in crisis, if they can avoid police involvement.

Tomorrow: How important it is to change the culture at police departments.

About the author:

Pete Earley is the bestselling author of such books as The Hot House and Crazy. When he is not spending time with his family, he tours the globe advocating for mental health reform.

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