Expert explains how mental health and crime correlate
“It rocked me at 25 (in law enforcement) because the first thing I thought about was cries for help,” said Christiane Williams, coordinator of Leading By Example.
Williams has been a law enforcement officer for over two decades.
She believes this case is just one example of how mental health issues contribute to some of Jackson’s crimes.
“There is a great correlation between mental health and violence, but then we have to think about drugs that improve a person’s mental health abilities,” Williams said. “If they experiment with drugs, you don’t know what kind of side effect it’s actually going to have on that person, and it can be psychotic.”
Wanting to be proactive and find solutions to the problem, Williams is currently conducting training for law enforcement and city and county elected officials.
The veteran officer gives advice on identifying someone with mental health issues.
“Some things you should be looking for – what the person says, she says mind-blowing things, is that reality,” she described.
It also explains how you can use de-escalation techniques.
“The tone of voice, the way you approach it, then just ask and introduce yourself and gain their trust,” Williams said.
While that may not completely eliminate crime, Williams believes it is a step towards finding an answer to fighting crime in the capital.
Her next mental health training session will take place on Tuesday.
For more information on the session, Click here.
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