McGeough E & Foster R (2018) What works? Collaborative Police and Health Interventions for Mental Health Distress. Scottish Government. Social Research series. Edinburgh. https://www.gov.scot/publications/works-collaborative-police-health-interventions-mental-health-distress/
The police coming into contact with those in mental health distress has been identified as a key issue in the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027, Policing 2026, and Justice in Scotland: Vision and Priorities 2017. It is also a main theme for the newly established Health and Justice Collaboration Improvement Board.
Research Aims and Overview
This evidence review looks at collaborative interventions which help support people in mental health distress. It aims to outline 'what works' when individuals present in mental health distress to the police. The key objective is to examine interventions that have been utilised internationally and, where evaluations are available, identify what aspects of the approach work well/not so well.