"Question, Persuade and Refer:" police share some handy crisis tips to have in your pocket

Mar 12, 2019

Duluth Police Officer Ben Kneeland listens closely to a person he was called to help
Credit ©Deb Holman. Used with permission.

Google "mental illness and police" and you'll come up with a devastating list of news stories; a litany of people in mental health crises being shot by police.

In fact, it's speculated that a quarter of the police shootings in this country involve mental illness in some way, so many police departments are implementing crisis intervention training to deal with these situations differently.

In Superior, though, the local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) chapter says they have a good partnership with the police department.

Not only are two officers on their board, but they recently held a training to talk about crisis intervention techniques and suicide prevention training.

Websites:

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness  

NAMI-Douglas County 

NAMI Minnesota

NAMI Duluth Area

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NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI Duluth 

NAMI Douglas County WI