Ian Fackender

Coroner finds fatal police shooting of man with schizophrenia experiencing psychosis was preventable.

“We continue to send people with mental disorders to prison, because there seems to be nowhere else for them to go.”

Prison cells with single beds

Have jails become the replacement for mental hospitals? https://bit.ly/3UhZIVK Salon.com reports, “researchers looked at data from all 3,141 U.S. counties and singled out variables that could influence jail population per capita. After analyzing their data, it became clear that, as the report puts it, “counties with smaller populations, larger percentages of individuals that did not graduate […]

India: Tele consultations to help mentally-ill inmates in jails

“A panel of eminent psychiatrists and psychologists available in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack can provide their service as consultants in an emergency situation in all jails. It will be tested on a pilot basis for at least six months and will have financial implication of Rs 1.5 lakh per month approximately,” a senior jail official said. The […]

If Police Training Can’t Protect Disabled Black Women, What Will?

“We are all too aware of the frequent news stories about the mentally ill who come up against law enforcement, instead of mental health professionals, and end up dead,” wrote Deborah Danner, who was schizophrenic, in a personal essay on January 28, 2012. Four years later, on October 18, 2016, New York Police sergeant Hugh Barry fatally shot […]

The Problem with Police involved with mental health

People with disabilities or mental illness are 16 times more likely to die from a police encounter. “Many police departments do not provide sufficient training on how to respectfully and safely interact with people in crisis”. Many crisis response units have been popping up as an alternative to policing. The Mental Health First Oakland was […]

Ray Anson Mitchell

(Mobile, AL) Ray Anson Mitchell was 37 years old diagnosed with schizophrenia. Ray and his cousin would hang out at his aunt’s house. After Ray’s cousin moved out, Ray would still visit the same house. He wasn’t able to process that his cousin no longer lived there. Ray was visiting the house again and was […]

NAACP Discuss Mental Health and Police Accountability

The Mobile County branch of the NAACP held a virtual event entitled “Our Talk: the Aftermath of Tragedy,”. Mental health was a major theme for the event since three of the five families lost a loved one who suffered from mental illness. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center “those who suffer from a mental illness […]