Sometimes, the only choice a family member or friend of someone suffering a mental health emergency may have is to call 911. Unfortunately, encounters between police and those suffering from mental illness have resulted in the injury or death of the person suffering the crisis.
In a case from earlier this year, a California woman was shot and killed by police after her family called 911 to report she hadn't taken her medication and was acting out, according to The Daily Journal. The officer was cleared of wrongdoing after an investigation found he was justified in using lethal force.
If you're dealing with a mental health emergency, what should you know about calling 911? Here are five things to keep in mind: