Report: Rash of suicides at D.C. jail points to deep problem with inmates’ mental health care
8, 2013 Mental health diseases affect our communities of worship, too By Susan Hawkins Sager Special to the American-Statesman Take a look around you. One in four in your house of worships pews will experience some form of mental illness in any given year. Maybe that fact will prompt you to take a shy glance at your fellow congregants; or perhaps, a quick look in the mirror. What does the face of mental illness look like? It is surprisingly familiar. It is useful to think of mental health as a continuum.
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. are simply manipulative. Hayes said inmates in the observation unit are stripped of their clothes, blanket and mattress and restricted from calling family members. They are issued only a paper grown, which in some cases is taken away, too, and they are kept in isolation except for a shower once a day. Hayes said the practice seems punitive and isolating for a person potentially suffering from suicidal thoughts. He also said the entire classification seems designed, at least in part, to duck the requirement to monitor clear suicide threats very 15 minutes. Rohini Singh, a lawyer with the D.C.
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Trustees call for mental-health services
That citys police department said mental health problems have reached crisis proportions. Port Moodys police force has also dealt with an increase in mental health related calls in the last six years. According to the Port Moody Police Department, in 2007 the force dealt with 39 mental health/emotionally disturbed person calls. The number grew to 65 files in 2009, 119 files in 2010, 106 files in 2011 and 130 files in 2012.
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