Policing & Mental Health: Upholding a Rights Based Approach

RMIT University Social and Global Studies Centre Seminar for Mental Health Awareness Month 2021.

This panel on policing and mental health, brings together engaging experts to discuss how mental health and policing services can better respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Topics to be discussed include the relationships between First Nations people, colonisation, policing and mental health, and how the consumer perspective can provide essential guidance in embedding rights based responses to crisis.

The panel will be facilitated by Meena Singh, a Yorta Yorta woman and experienced legal practitioner. We welcome panellists Pan Karanikolas, a consumer researcher with lived experience of being taken by police to mental health services, Lee-Anne Carter, a Wiradjuri and Noongar woman and Manager, Community Justice Programs at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Joseph Kalisa, a mental health advocate in Rwanda, and Professor the Honourable Kevin Bell, former Victorian Supreme Court Judge, Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights and Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioner.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.