WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Mental Illness Responses

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Mental Illness Responses

"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.

Recently, we urged you to consider the challenge mental illness creates for our communities.  We mentioned how law enforcement officers and county jails now find themselves serving as social workers and temporary housing solutions, even though that's not their specialty.

However, we didn't mention some of the great work already being done.  When we asked what you thought, you let us know.

A North Carolina board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness responded and directed our attention to crisis intervention training that is happening throughout our area right now.  The lack of mental health crisis services across the U.S. has resulted in law enforcement officers serving as first responders in most crises. The training is an innovative, community-based approach to improve the outcomes of those encounters.

We were also informed of a free mental health first aid course available to anyone interested.

These are the exactly the kinds of proactive measures we encourage and support to improve mental health in our communities!

Thank you for educating us on these available resources.

Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.