Crisis Call / La Déroute

SkyWorks Charitable Foundation and Laura Sky

2003, 90:00 minutes, colour, English & French


What happens when the boundaries between policing and mental health care disappear.... when the police become our new front-line health care workers?

Crisis Call
addresses a critical issue affecting the police, psychiatric survivors, legal experts, mental health workers and the public. The starting point for this unique documentary is the story of Edmond Yu, a psychiatric survivor in crisis who was shot and killed by Toronto police after a 1997 altercation on a city transit bus.

Award-winning producer-director Laura Sky asks, is there any way to prevent a mental health crisis from escalating into violence? For answers she looks to the police, psychiatric survivors, and to many others involved in crisis interventions.
Crisis Call documents their candid, often compelling stories as they challenge the current system and search for solutions.

French version is available (dubbed).

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