mental health

Police disbelieve victims with mental health problems

More than one third of victims of crime with mental health problems experienced negative reactions from police officers when they disclosed their condition, according to new research (£) published in the latest issue of Centre's academic journal, The British Journal of Criminology (BJC).

Many also reported not being believed. One female, a victim of partner violence, anti-social behaviour, threats and harassment, told researchers:

Police too often playing mental health worker role

A review of mental health crisis care in England and Wales by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that the police are regularly the first point of contact for those in mental distress.

Nightime is often the peak time for acute mental health episodes, the report found, with many mental health services geared to operate during the day. As a result the police were often left operating as first responders to those in crisis.

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