Police have shot people experiencing a mental health crisis. Who should you call instead?

Daniel Prude was experiencing a mental health crisis in March when Rochester, New York, police officers responding to a 911 call pinned him to the pavement while handcuffed and naked, suffocating him to death.

A month later, Nicolas Chavez, 27, was “having a mental breakdown” in Houston when he was shot 21 times, with 28 officers on the scene.

And last week, 13-year-old Linden Cameron, who has autism, was having an episode when officers shot him, leaving him with injuries to his shoulder, ankles, intestines and bladder.

Amid a nationwide movement for racial justice and police reform sparked by the recent killings of several Black men and women, many people have spoken out against police shootings of people experiencing mental health crises. While some are calling for departments to require more training in crisis intervention, others are promoting alternative emergency responder programs.

“A person shouldn’t lose their life because they’re

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How ASMR is helping people cope during the COVID-19 pandemic

Elana Morris hasn’t been sleeping well in 2020. 

Between the constant flurry of news about the coronavirus pandemic and the feeling of isolation brought on by shutdowns and social distancing, the 21-year-old University of Maryland journalism student finds it difficult to quiet her mind and sleep.  

But Morris has a secret weapon against her quarantine-related insomnia: ASMR.

ASMR, which stands for autonomous sensory meridian response, is often described as a tingling that starts in the head and moves down the spine. Not everyone feels this sensation, but those who do say it helps relieve stress and induce sleep. 

There are thousands of ASMR videos on Youtube and they vary widely in subject. Examples include close-ups of people eating crunchy foods, whispering, crinkling paper, tapping on glass and brushing hair. Though they started as a fringe trend around 2009, the phenomenon has grown in popularity with one of the most popular

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Why calorie-labelling is dangerous for people with eating disorders

Emma de Saram, who is in recovery after living with anorexia for a number of years, with her mother, Carole - JAY WILLIAMS
Emma de Saram, who is in recovery after living with anorexia for a number of years, with her mother, Carole – JAY WILLIAMS

‘I’ve spent years using up precious brain capacity calculating calories. My life revolved around it,” says 20-year-old Emma de Saram. “I’m still trying to unwire my brain from seeing a plate of food as numbers, to see food as something I need to exist.”

The Exeter University student, who was diagnosed with anorexia in 2016, is in recovery after going through years of treatment. She’s now at the point where she can enjoy going out to restaurants and cafés. But there’s always the lingering worry that this will trigger her symptoms and then derail her recovery.

“It depends on how I’m feeling that day, but the food might come, and I see a little oil on it, and I think “Oh my god, how am I going

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Drive urging people back to the office on ice after fears of spike in cases

Plan to encourage mass return to work on hold - Getty
Plan to encourage mass return to work on hold – Getty
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A Government drive to encourage millions of people working at home to go back to the office has been put on ice over concerns of a spike in coronavirus cases, the Telegraph can disclose.

Amid signs of confusion at the heart of Cabinet, ministers are understood to have rowed back on plans to launch a major campaign to urge office workers to return to their desks and start commuting again.

They fear any mass return could send infections soaring, and threaten the planned return of thousands of children to school over the next few weeks.

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Revealed: How Britain’s death toll really compares with other nations

The Prime Minister has claimed “massive success” in reducing the death toll of Covid-19 in Britain. Meanwhile critics accuse the government of

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‘People Thought I Was Crazy’

Warner Bros/Kobal/Shutterstock Kate Winsley in Contagion

Kate Winslet’s role as an epidemiologist in 2011’s Contagion made her uniquely prepared for the current coronavirus pandemic.

The actress, 44, whose starring in the upcoming Ammonite, told The Hollywood Reporter in a new cover story that her time working on Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion made her hyper-aware when the coronavirus began spreading in China and Europe. She had been shooting in Philadelphia when the virus started making news.

“People thought I was crazy because I had been walking around wearing a mask for weeks, going into the grocery store and wiping everything down with isopropyl alcohol and wearing gloves,” she said, referencing the early days of the pandemic. “Then all of a sudden March 13 came around, and people were like, ‘F—, where do I get one of those masks?'”

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CDC changes testing guidelines for asymptomatic people; University of Alabama cases skyrocket; 2 reinfections in Europe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its COVID-19 testing guidelines and now says people without symptoms “do not necessarily need a test” – even if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

Just last week, the CDC updated its travel guidelines that no longer mandate a 14-day quarantine for anyone who’s traveled outside of their state or the country. The revisions to CDC guidelines have been met with concern by medical experts, who caution that less testing may lead to more cases and hinder contact tracing efforts. 

Tensions between the federal government and scientists remain high: Earlier this week, some doctors spoke out against the approval of blood plasma as a COVID-19 treatment, and what that may mean for future vaccines, as the Food and Drug Administration offered inaccurate data as evidence of its effectiveness. 

Meanwhile, efforts to learn more about how the virus spreads remain unwavering. Researchers in

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Hoboken Releases Numbers People 16 And Under With Coronavirus

HOBOKEN, NJ — Has the coronavirus pandemic made it difficult for you to pay rent after March 1? If you fall within income limits and don’t have other resources or significant savings, you can apply to get some of the $521,313 made available to Hoboken residents through the federal CARES Act.

In addition, during the State of Emergency, no tenant is permitted to be evicted from their home or apartment for the inability to pay rent. See below for information on the local tenant advocate that can help you.

Also, residents also can get help with heating and energy bills.

Various other avenues of relief and benefits have also been made available, including family leave for 12 weeks if you can’t work due to your child’s school or camp being closed, and changes to unemployment rules to help those who were at a job for a short time, or freelancing.

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Kenosha will keep burning until the cop who shot Jacob Blake is fired or arrested, local Black Lives Matter activists say: ‘People are mad’

A local Black Lives Matter organizer says Kenosha, Wisconsin, will keep being destroyed until the city announces the firing of the police officer who shot Jacob Blake. 

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A local Black Lives Matter organizer says Kenosha, Wisconsin, will keep being destroyed until the city announces the firing of the police officer who shot Jacob Blake.
  • At least one police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot Jacob Blake, 29, in the back at least seven times on Sunday.

  • Blake’s shooting — in the middle of nationwide protests against police brutality — prompted protests and riots in the city on Sunday night.

  • A Kenosha Black Lives Matter organizer said she had been encouraging investigators to be transparent with the public about actions against the cops involved — and she fears that if they aren’t, the city will continue to burn.

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Whitney Cabal, a Black Lives Matter organizer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was three

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More Than 1/3 Of New Cases Are Among People Under 30 Years Old

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 48 new deaths and 1,644 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

Younger residents continued to make up the majority of positive new cases. Of the new cases reported on Saturday, 71 percent were people under the age of 50. Residents between the ages of 30 and 49 make up 35 percent of new cases. That means Angelenos under 30 make up 36 percent of the new coronavirus cases reported on Saturday.

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While people in that age group typically have low risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19, Public Health is concerned they may unknowingly infect parents, grandparents, and friends and family who have underlying health conditions and who are at greater risk for serious illness and death.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti authorized the shutoff of utilities at a home in the Hollywood Hills where

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Why people of color are vital to getting a successful COVID-19 vaccine

BOSTON – Dianne Wilkerson wants Black Bostonians to volunteer for trials testing potential COVID-19 vaccines.

She understands why they’re hesitant. Black Americans have a long history of being treated poorly by the medical establishment; many faced discrimination in medical care themselves.

Still, if they don’t participate in the trials meant to establish vaccine safety and effectiveness, they’ll never know whether the vaccines will work for them.

“The risks for not being involved are so great,” said Wilkerson, a founding member of Boston’s Black COVID-19 Coalition.

About 25% of the city’s population is Black, yet Blacks have made up more than 35% of those infected and killed by COVID-19.

Nationally, the figures are even worse. Just over 80 Black Americans have died of COVID-19 out of every 100,000, compared with 46 Latino Americans and 36 white Americans, according to the American Public Media Research Lab.

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