As first responders, police officers play a significant role in the lives of people with mental illnesses.

As first responders, police officers play a significant role in the lives of people with mental illnesses. Since communities continue to rely heavily on them to be the gatekeepers, we must reexamine policies and procedures to ensure the encounters they have with vulnerable communities are appropriate, especially among people with mental illnesses.

Stigma experienced by people with mental illness greatly affects all aspects of their lives and oftens hinder them from getting a job, housing, and even treatment. Employers often assume that people with a mental health diagnosis are less dependable, unpredictable, and could be a danger to others.

Stigma experienced by people with mental illness greatly affects all aspects of their lives and oftens hinder them from getting a job, housing, and even treatment.  Employers often assume that people with a mental health diagnosis are less dependable, unpredictable, and could be a danger to others.