Let’s build mental health crisis response services that are by our communities, for our communities.
Every year, Toronto police respond to approximately
30,000 mental health crises.
What if mental health experts took those calls instead?
Reach Out Response Network is working to advocate for non-police-led crisis response teams that will revolutionize the way Torontonians support our most vulnerable. RORN’s supporters know they work, that there’s support (lots of it!), and that there needs to be an end to coercive, forceful, police-led crisis interventions.
We support anti-oppressive, trauma-informed models of crisis response that help empower individuals in crisis and ensure their dignity, autonomy, and self-determination.
“There needs to be a shift in the way that we respond to mental health crises in this city…the time to act is now.”
— Rachel Bromberg
"You wonder why police are the middlemen between people in crisis and psychiatric help. Why are those who fight crime also responsible for intervening in mental health crises? Isn’t there an alternative?
Across the world, cities are building civilian teams of mental health experts to respond to people in crisis."
The Toronto Star
— Asante Haughton & Rachel Bromberg