Serious Mental Illnesses as Challenges for Police and People
January 5, 2016
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr. Terry Coleman was a police officer for nearly 40 years including ten years as a chief of police. Subsequently he was a Deputy Minister for the Saskatchewan provincial government with responsibility for policing and corrections. He describes his current work as a Public Safety Consultant, his research, and his career in policing and what he learned from it. He identifies what he sees as the most challenging of the challenges created by serious mental illnesses for police themselves, the people with whom the police become involved because of erratic and dangerous behavior, and for family members who also become involved. He describes what he sees as the most successful ways for helping overcome the challenges. He says what more he would like to do and see done, and by whom, to promote better understanding of the challenges that serious mental illnesses create for police and people with whom the police are involved.
Family Caregivers Unite!
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.