mental health response initiative
The partnership, which ran for a year, saw a police officer, paramedic and mental health clinician attend emergency mental health callouts in the same vehicle.
A "first of its kind" in New Zealand, the co-response team saw a reduction in the number of people being taken straight to a police station or emergency department.
Calls for the partnership to continue in Wellington and nationally come after figures obtained by 1News under the Official Information Act show an 87% jump in the number of calls to police for threatened or attempted suicides in the past six years.
Link to video and article: Calls for wider rollout of mental health response initiative (1news.co.nz)