A Different Kind of Force — Policing Mental Illness

Law enforcement officers are increasingly the first responders to incidents involving people with mental illness. Several high-profile police shootings involving unarmed people in a mental health crisis have prompted new debates about policing the mentally ill. This film offers an unflinching look at the crisis in the U.S. mental health system by exploring the complex and often fraught relationship between the mentally ill and police.

A different kind of force—Policing mental illness: Part 2

In Part 2 of our documentary A Different Kind of Force, we look at the U.S. mental health system by exploring the complex and often fraught relationship between the mentally ill and law enforcement. Without the police's proper training and expertise, confrontations taking place amid an already-charged atmosphere can escalate quickly, often leading to the injury or death of the individual with mental illness.