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"Question, Persuade and Refer:" police share some handy crisis tips to have in your pocket

©Deb Holman. Used with permission.

Google "mental illness and police" and you'll come up with a devastating list of news stories; a litany of people in mental health crises being shot by police.

In fact, it's speculated that a quarter of the police shootings in this country involve mental illness in some way, so many police departments are implementing crisis intervention training to deal with these situations differently.

In Superior, though, the local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) chapter says they have a good partnership with the police department.

Not only are two officers on their board, but they recently held a training to talk about crisis intervention techniques and suicide prevention training.


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness  

NAMI-Douglas County

NAMI Minnesota

NAMI Duluth Area


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI Duluth

NAMI Douglas County WI

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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