I have absolutely no idea at all what was going on in the United States of America in December 1862 but US President Abraham LINCOLN took the occasion to say this –
“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”
Rise with the occasion; not to it.
I heard this quotation in a context quite unconnected to policing and mental health, but it immediately made me think of it – there is so much that is wrong or inadequate about our mental health crisis services and we can’t just keep doing the same thing and expect different outcomes. Don’t ask me: just look at the Crisis…
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