Helping a loved one who is experiencing a severe mental illness, especially someone who may not realize they are sick, is one of the greatest gifts you can give. For some, it may mean the difference between life and tragedy. ~ Treatment Advocacy Center
The new agreement is a multi-organizational partnership that aims to coordinate law enforcement and mental health organizations to get people with mental illness into contact with mental health services before they end up in jail.
“It's unacceptable that there are incidents where young people and even children can end up in a police cell because the right mental health service isn't available to them,” said Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister.
“That is why we’re taking action across the country and across organizations to make sure those with mental health problems are receiving the emergency care they need,” he continued.
The goals of the partnership include:
Access to support before a crisis
Urgent and emergency access to crisis care
The right quality of treatment and care
Recovery and staying well, and preventing future crises
Twenty-two organizations signed the agreement to prevent crises from happening whenever possible by meeting the needs of vulnerable people in an urgent situation.
Now the United States just needs to look to England’s example.