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Pikuach Nefesh: Building a Mental Health Emergency Service in Toronto
With Beth Tzedec Congregation, Holy Blossom Temple’s Anti Racism Group and Luke Sklar Mental Health Initiative, and Reachouttoronto.ca
November 23, 2020, 7:30-9:00 pm
Saving a Life (Pikuach Nefesh) is the supreme Jewish Value. Sometimes this requires police, fire and ambulance, and sometimes this requires a specialized mental health responders unit. Join Rachel Bromberg and Asante Haughton as they tell their stories and explain the path the City of Toronto is on to creating this service.
The Reach Out Response Network is a coalition of community stakeholders dedicated to advocating for and creating transformational change in Toronto’s mental health crisis services. We are partnering with the City of Toronto to design and implement a non-police mental health emergency service, which will be accessible both through 911 and its own easy to recall number such as 811. Our teams will be staffed by mental health clinicians and peer support workers from the communities they serve. They will be available across the city 24/7, with rapid response times equivalent to the response times of police, fire, and ambulance. Our civilian-led teams will replace police response to most mental health crises.
To learn more about the Reach Out Response Network, you can read this Toronto Star article that recently covered us. You can also visit our website at www.reachouttoronto.ca or contact us at [email protected]. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or donate to our GoFundMe to help us build our vision.