Nelson – With limited mental health services resulting in more police calls, Acting Opposition House Leader Michelle Mungall led her colleagues in questioning the Liberal government on their failure to act.
Along with sharing the stories of the Nelson Police Department, Mungall coordinated MLAs from across the province to voice concerns from communities with similar experiences. The result was a scathing account of the government’s systematic failures in the province’s justice and mental health services.
“For years the police and RCMP in our area have been ringing the alarm that people with mental illness are a growing number of their calls,” said Mungall. “This is a very significant issue across BC. People need health services not jail cells, and Christy Clark needs to take meaningful steps to address this situation.”
In 2014 the Nelson police Department reported 1050 mental health related call outs, up 6% from 2014.
The RCMP Departments serving the rural corridor from Salmo to Kaslo have also reported that the number of mental health related calls are a concern.