Crisis Outreach And Support Team

The Barrie Police Service has had a Crisis Outreach And Support Team working in Barrie since January 2019. Prior to January 2019, our Service had held several successful pilot projects.

The COAST focuses on extending crisis intervention for citizens of Barrie suffering from mental illness and/or emotional disturbances who are unable or reluctant to utilize existing emergency services.

While a large number of our sworn members have taken part in Crisis Intervention Training, the partnership of a non-uniformed police officer, as well as a Canadian Mental Health Association worker allows for the best and most appropriate response to be offered to those experiencing a mental health crisis.

The COAST teams have varied and rotating hours of operation – responding to community needs and 911 mental health calls for service, including follow-ups, intervention, and connection to needed ongoing supports and services of COAST.

In 2019, the Barrie Police Service COAST attended more than 100 live calls for service and completed more than 200 follow up visits.

Mental Health Resources

Recognizing signs of mental health struggles in yourself and others can be difficult. Different people may have different ways of coping with their mental health challenges. If you or someone you know is acting out of character and you have concerns, please reach out to available resources.

 

Mental Health during COVID

The Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH) has provided resources and information for those who may be struggling with their mental health during the COVID pandemic, or who have loved ones who may be struggling.

Please visit the CAMH website for more information, and please reach out if you or someone you know needs assistance.

https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19

 

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