Why do we need alternatives to calling the police when in crisis? Because police are not trained mental health professionals, NEITHER are they examples for de-escalation. In 2020, we were unfortunately inundated with reminders of what happens when police become involved in community matters. Too often we’ve witnessed individuals finding themselves in crises being tragically taken away from us, leaving us to mourn a life that mattered. I’ve compiled a list of resources from my internet searching about alternative ways to handle mental health issues in your community. Please feel free to share your own in the comments!
An online directory of local resources available as alternatives to calling the police or 911. Includes Resources by city
- Police Violence Statistics
- Alternatives to Calling the Police
- Police Reform
- Restorative Justice
The CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On the Streets) system relies on trauma-informed de-escalation and harm reduction, which reduces calls to police, averts harmful arrest-release-repeat cycles, and prevents violent police encounters.
- Prepare and Train
- Build a Health and Safety Contact List
- Check Yourself
And for those of us Interested in Abolition:
Beyond alternatives to calling the police, and imagining a world without them altogether.
“Here you are invited to think and act with other visionaries, and find ways to achieve a police-free world.”
- Restorative Questions
- What is Abolition?
- To Fight for Black Lives is to be Anti-Police
- Police Abolition: Strategy
- Imagining a World without Police
For more reading and resources, be sure to check out the Social Justice & Mental Wellness Resource Guide featured on this blog.