Mental-health cases flood capital region’s police


Mental health is often linked to homelessness, and Chief Elsnor is sounding the alarm in the rise of mental health related calls received by Victoria Police.

Victoria police have seen a 356 per cent increase in “disturbed person” calls over the last five years, from 226 calls in 2008 to 1,031 calls in 2013. The biggest spike was between 2009 and 2010, when such calls more than doubled from 314 to 674 calls.

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Source: Times Colonist

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