With a sharp increase in the demand for mental health support, care providers and front-line workers are struggling to keep up. There is some progress. The City, for example, has introduced Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams, pairing mental health nurses with police officers to respond to emergency calls. But why too often do we still send police cars when we should be sending ambulances?
Professor Idil Abdillahi of Ryerson's School of Social Work moderates this forum that will look at the intersection of mental health, life on the street, the health services system, and who should be the first responder.
She will be joined by Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and previous Vice-Chair of the board for the Mental Health Commission of Canada; and Cathy Crowe, a street nurse in Toronto, co-founder of the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, and recipient of an International Human Rights Award in Nursing.