Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
editor's pick

Valley Women’s Voices: About deploying mental health workers

  • 0

As I read the news about Albuquerque’s experiment with sending mental health workers to deal with mentally ill people instead of sending armed police, I’m reminded of the “back the blue” campaign. 

The Albuquerque article highlights a young woman, known to be mentally ill, who was shot 21 times when her worried family called police for help. She walked out the front door and that was it. Events like that prompted Albuquerque to try something new. Seems to be working. Take a look at bit.ly/Albuquerque-first-responders.

Maybe the “blue” campaign is a reaction to any tinkering with use-of-force policies. Maybe it’s protecting friends or relatives in the police force, keeping them safe. Maybe it’s anxiety about protecting police budgets, probably thin as they are, with worries about hours, equipment, vehicles.     

No way to know. I try not to imagine head-shaking and laughter around a kitchen table: “Just think what a mental health person would have done with old Joe, holed up in his cabin, taking potshots! Ha ha!”   

I’m guessing there are many families with troubled relatives who would welcome a competent mental health person’s help with the family’s burden. And, too, there are families with young officers in the police force who they worry about every darned day.  

I just wish people would use their energy to try to understand a situation from many sides before launching campaigns, yard signs and all.

0 Comments
0
0
0
0
0

Catch the latest in Opinion

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

An opinion piece in the Nov 14 paper asked: “Why do we seem to favor an us-versus-them mentality …?” I offer one of many possible responses. A…

As the temperature in the valley drops and housing prices in the Bitterroot skyrocket, I'm wondering where our unhoused neighbors are supposed to go.

Saturday, November 13, was World Kindness Day, and it serves as a reminder for us to be thoughtful and kind to others.

It’s baaaack!! (think poltergeist creepy little girl voice) This year’s Halloween celebration in the Bitterroot was enhanced with the return o…

A recent article in the Bitterroot Star, dated Oct 28, reported that the Public Land Water Access Association (PLWA) has filed suit against Ra…

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News