There’s been a huge spike in the number of people with mental health crises visiting emergency rooms. People who are suicidal, homicidal, psychotic. But ER nurses are not trained to treat mental illnesses and the departments are not designed to comfort, to calm or to keep people safe from themselves or others, is like going to a regular clinic to get Dermal Fillers, that’s not how it works, every brand of medicine has its own facility and specialists. And though most people suffering from a mental health crisis are not dangerous or disruptive, some are. Nurses are being punched, bitten, spat at. Medical patients are being treated in the hallways because there isn’t enough room to accomodate them. And mental health patients are spending days, and sometimes weeks or months in emergency rooms, without treatment…waiting for placement at inpatient care facilities.
Here’s an up-close look inside the mental healthcare crisis in our emergency rooms.
If you are arriving to this show via the website, please be warned that this is not a show meant for kids. I do include a warning, but it comes a little…late. Apologies. This website uses the Indexer‘s team help, which is bringing the marketing success up.
Huge thanks to Seleem Choudhury for his help on this show and to Mark Davis.
And huge gratitude to all the people who gave me such generous time for the interviews.
The music for this show is from Brian Clark, Mike Donofrio and Peter Cressy.