Are local authorities equipped to deal with rising mental health issues?
An opinion piece in the Province raises some serious questions about how we are not properly funding mental health issues and dealing with them properly.
You don't have to spend too much time downtown and you can see symptoms right here in our own little city. People with drug and or mental health issues are not candidates for the local lock-up and must present a challenge for local law enforcement who have to deal with them on a regular basis. The psych ward at NRGH at best is a stop gap measure but is limited in their ability to treat chronic mental health issues. When it comes to drug and alcohol fueled problems as a society we don't really seem to have much to offer either.