Facts and Data on Mental Health and Law Enforcement

Blacks were 10% of LA’s population, but 44% of those diagnosed with “serious  mental  illness.” - 2014 report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discriminaton (CERD) Committee Review of the United States by Dignity and Power Now.   Since 2015, 1,519 people with a history of mental illness have been killed by police in...

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“Stop it! You’re making me sick!”: Moving documentary spotlights the pivotal battle to declassify homosexuality as illness

By Julianne Hill and Hermes Falcon Urban Health Media Project As recently as 1973, homosexuality was considered a “sexual deviancy” and gay people were classified as mentally ill by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).  The LGBTQ+ community and its allies have activists such as Barbara Gittings and DC’s own Dr. Frank Kameny to thank for...