The government has announced extra funding for mental health nurses to be based at police stations and courts across the country.
The primary aim of this scheme is to make sure those with mental health needs, learning disabilities and substance misuse problems receive the care they need, as evidence shows these needs are often not recognised.
What do you think?
- Will this scheme improve relations between mental health professionals and the police?
- Would the money be better spent providing more mental health training for frontline police officers?
- Do the headlines on this story encourage the stereotype that mental health patients are more likely to be violent?