According to Stats Canada in 2017 Niagara Region had a ratio of 156 police officers for every 100,000 persons living in the region. We have more than 700 uniformed police officers that currently deal with the many lawbreaking issues in Niagara Region. How many of those issues are the result of individuals who are suffering from mental health issues, drug addiction, and/or poverty? If we can provide assistance in all areas to those persons we can also reduce crime.
My mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was four years old and put in the mental hospital many times while her children were growing up. The drugs she was prescribed usually tested on young men with the recommended dose then being too high for most women. She was over 60 before she let me go with her to the psychiatrist. I talked him into prescribing medication that was appropriate for her age and size. Mom lived the rest of her life without ever having to go back to the mental hospital. Mental illness is treatable – let’s make sure we provide the treatment when it is needed rather than deal with the negative side effects.
The following link refers to a meeting that included the region and the City of St. Catharines due to the high profile suicides. It is a good start and future meetings can include representatives from every city in the Niagara Region as there is no indication the act is limited to St. Catharines.