I was watching another afternoon NBC Channel Five news report about how people were adding positive aspects to Oak Park, IL this one was about how to identify those with Mental Health issues with green bracelets. Now, I am the first to be on the fence regarding this because it does invade the privacy of the individual with mental health problems plus their family and friends as well. However, at the same time how many times have you heard of a news report about police harming or shooting individuals that attacked them, and that individual had mental health issues? These bracelets may be a red flag that these individuals are suffering from mental health problems which can save their lives and others if their mental situation deteriorates, but it can also unfairly mark them for discrimination.
At this point police departments are willing to try and offer this solution to help stem any future tragedies is a great idea. Until there are factual cases of discrimination or better ways to identify and help these individuals then these mental health bracelets are the best thing since slice bread for all parties involved. In Chicago to be a Police Officer only 60 College credits are needed, therefore the highest needed for law enforcement work is an Associates or a Bachelor’s degree. You will not get a legal licensed Psychologist for a Cop to arrive at a scene (a call) if someone with Mental Health issues is involved and at least the green bracelet with help officers in Oak Park, IL to identify this an issue and be able to request the right (licensed) person to help.
The only other solution is to require Police Officers to undergo at least 20 more hours of Psychology classes that cover mental health issues and other patterns of human behavior that they may encounter at the job. That is very doubtful, due to the costs involved for the schooling either paid by the officers or the local governments and then add all the time needed to learn all that material in the end it may not seem that logical to enforce such a requirement. In other words the green bracelets foregoes the need for extra intensive training for the officers saves money for the local governments and allows everyone to be protected physically and legally in the end.
This is the video article that talks about the Green Mental Health bracelets and the police officers who thought of the idea and made it possible:
This is the original article that talked about the Green Mental health bracelets: