NYLPI AND PARTNERS LAUNCH COMMUNITY SURVEYING INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS THE ONGOING POLICE BRUTALITY TOWARDS INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

August 27, 2020

Disability Justice, Health Justice, News, Policing and Mental Health Crises

Over the last five years, 15 New Yorkers experiencing a mental health crisis were killed by the police, one person  died by a self-inflicted gunshot during a police engagement, and another three were shot by police and left critically wounded. The scores of people experiencing mental health crises who have died at the hands of the police over the years is a microcosm of the police brutality that is being protested around the world today. And this police violence has not ended.  

This week alone, on August 23, 2020 Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old American Black man, was shot seven times from behind by a white police officer in Wisconsin, suffering multiple injuries, including a gunshot wound to one arm and damage to his kidney, liver and spinal cord. Mr. Blake’s family reported that he is now paralyzed from the waist down.  

This is a moment to work together with impacted communities, family members, similarly-aligned advocacy groups, and medical provider allies to seek effective and systemic change. 

NYLPI, in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Health Illness (NAMI), Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL NYC) and the Correct Crisis Intervention Today Coalition (CCITNYC), are spearheading a Community Surveying Initiative to address the ongoing police brutality against community members experiencing a mental health crisis. Through the initiative we are gathering vital information from those who have requested help during a mental health crisis, and hope to gather ideas and recommendations that will inform and shape our strategies to ensure a City-wide, public health-focused response for communities.  

This is an anonymous survey, that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and is accessible in 7  languages, including: Arabic, English, Haitian Creole, Korean, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.    

To read more about NYLPI’s Mental Health Crises and Policing Reform Campaign, please click here. 

  

To take the survey or share the survey within your network, please click here.

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