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At one of the hotels I stayed at when I was away, there was a mental health mobile unit in the parking lot. It was the first time I had ever seen one and frankly, I found it creepy.

 

Anybody else seen one and if so, what is their purpose? I think we all know the answer to that but what is the party line?

 

I couldn't figure out why it was there except I did notice a few homeless people on the towpath behind the hotel. I have no clue if that is the reason or not.

 

A friend I met nearby joked that the reason it was there was for the stressed out business travelers:)

 

CS

 

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Baxter   
Baxter

OMG, Comp. I wonder if it is sponsored by Pfizer or GSK! It is weird.

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OMG, Comp. I wonder if it is sponsored by Pfizer or GSK! It is weird.

 

Hi Baxter,

 

If I had been thinking the next morning after I noticed it while riding a shuttlebus, I would have walked over to check it out. But I was exhausted from lack of sleep.

 

Then again, maybe that was a good thing:) as they would have tried to pawn a drug on me.

 

Hmm, I am gong to have to investigate this as I am quite curious.

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Healing   
Healing

A mobile mental health unit is a great public resource. The city can send out trained mental health professionals to deal with someone in crisis -- either purely psychological, or, often, street drug-related. This is much preferable to sending out a police car -- any given police officer may or may not be a calming person; the mere sight of a uniform can escalate someone in crisis. The mental health professionals can sometimes stabilize the person in situ or transport them to a hospital or call the police if absolutely necessary.

 

Now, the public mental health system in most cities is overly reliant on psychotropic medication, that's for sure.

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compsports   
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Hi Baxter and Healing,

 

I found the answer and Healing, you're right, this looks like a good thing as this was in your area.

 

http://mentalhealthmobile.com/2011/05/10/san-francisco-or-bust/

 

http://www.sunherald.com/2011/05/16/3113457/mental-health-mobile-rolls-across.html

 

It looks like it is in response to budget cuts in mental health in California. I am sensing these were created in other states with similar situations.

 

As an aside, sorry I didn't have much time there or otherwise, I would have tried to see about getting together with some bay area folks. I was mostly up north of SF.

 

CS

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Baxter   
Baxter

Now I feel silly - also relieved. I had an instant vision of attractive people offering everybody Cymbalta, Prozac, Xanax, and Alli..."you'll feel better soon!" Sort of a Monty Python skit or something.

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Now I feel silly - also relieved. I had an instant vision of attractive people offering everybody Cymbalta, Prozac, Xanax, and Alli..."you'll feel better soon!" Sort of a Monty Python skit or something.

 

Please don't. I thought the same thing.

 

CS

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Healing   
Healing

While they're at it, they could collect the dead, and the not-dead-from-the-plague guy could say, "I'm not dead yet!" And they could -- attractively -- say, "Yes you are!"

 

:P

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