I recently read about the Met Police’s call for the NHS to be involved in responding to mental health-related incidents. I think this is a great idea. It’s clear that the police are not equipped to properly deal with mental health issues, as they are not trained in how to deal with them. By collaborating with the NHS, the police would be able to provide more effective support to those in need and ensure that they are able to access the right mental health services.
I also think that this collaboration would be beneficial in the long run, as it would help to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues. By showing that the police are taking mental health seriously, and are willing to work with the NHS to provide support, it would send a positive message to the public and help to break down the barriers that many people face when it comes to seeking help.
Overall, I think this is a fantastic initiative and I hope that it goes ahead soon.