Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire is one of the speakers at a seminar entitled "Mental Illness, Policing and the Law."
Mental illnesses are still misunderstood by many, says the Mood Menders Support Group, and that causes much hardship for those suffering from them. Mental illnesses can also affect one’s thoughts and behaviors, and at times could lead to violations of the law. Individuals, who must face the judicial system, also face a myriad of issues surrounding their mental health issues.
The seminar will also feature Dr. Lawrence Martin, clinical director of mood disorders at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Liane Taylor, co-ordinator and case manager of mental health court support services with the Canadian Mental Health Association, and James Orme, a criminal lawyer specializing in consent and capacity areas of law.
They will speak on the various processes of how mental illnesses affect an individual's thought and behavioral process, introduce various mental illnesses, how the law applies to mentally ill individuals in extenuating circumstances, consent and capacity matters, what court support services are offered to them, the role of police officers and the training they receive to deal with mental illness situations, as well as details about the Mental Health Act.
It is being held Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 50 Charlton Ave. East, in the Miller Amphitheatre. Seating is limited.