New York and the controversy over psychiatric hospitalization of the street population

  • Heloisa Villela
  • From New York (USA) to BBC News Brazil

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The mayor of New York, Eric Adams, introduced his intention to forcibly commit folks with psychological issues, off the streets, to psychiatric hospitals.

Anthony Amojera has been a firefighter paramedic in New York for 19 years. It helps folks with psychological well being issues each day who want remedy however are on the streets of the metropolis. He and his colleagues typically see the identical people who find themselves in and out of hospitals, however can not discover options to the financial and well being issues they face.

He appears at the drawback from two totally different angles. At the age of twenty, Anthony was additionally homeless. He spent just one evening in a shelter in New York. “They do not have sufficient employees to serve folks and the locations aren’t secure”, he says.

Anthony thought it finest to sleep in his automobile as a result of, fortunately, he had one. And that is what he did for 2 years. Today he responds to requires assist, which have gotten extra and extra quite a few.

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Anthony Amojera was as soon as homeless and is now a hearth division paramedic

Before the pandemic, there was a median of 3,500 to 4,000 calls per day. Today there are greater than 6 thousand and not less than 10% are as a result of psychological issues. Two months in the past, one of his co-workers misplaced her life making an attempt to assist somebody throughout a psychological breakdown. He obtained twenty stab wounds.

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