Health researchers question VPD’s claim Vancouver is experiencing a mental-health "crisis" (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)
Two prominent health researchers have published a report that concludes the Vancouver Police Department is unfairly linking mental illness to violent crime, thus exaggerating the need for “greater police control over those with mental health challenges”.
Since 2013, Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu has repeatedly called attention to what he describes as a “mental-health crisis”. The VPD has supported that characterization with a number of reports since 2008.
The February 2015 paper published in the academic journalCritical Public Health describes itself as the “first analysis to critically examine the VPD reports on mental health in Vancouver”. It is authored by Dr. Thomas Kerr and Jade Boyd, researchers both associated with UBC, St. Paul’s Hospital, and the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
Travis Lupick reports
Tiko Kerr, Vancouver Artist and patient of Dr. Julio Montaner