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1 in 5 police call outs linked to mental health

Fri, 08 Jul 2016


Five mentally ill people had to be held in police cells over the last year because of a shortage of appropriate hospital facilities at the time. 
 
That's according to the Chief Constable who says "nothing about this is right" - he's revealed that 20 per cent of incidents his officers deal with are linked to mental health. 
 
The Department of Health and Social Care has compiled a new Mental Health Strategy - something which Gary Roberts says offers "opportunities" to reduce the demands on the force. 
 
He says he's now "genuinely hopeful" that progress can be made by using a joined-up approach:

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