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Mental health crisis de-escalated with the help of Sudbury Police

Chelmsford woman brought safely to HSN despite a lack of resources

A woman considered a risk to herself was safely transported to Health Sciences North (HSN) by members of the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) Friday, following three-hours of negotiations. 

Officers were called to the private residence in Chelmsford around 11:30 p.m. the night of July 11, said staff sgt. Robin Marcotte, and remained on scene until a peaceful resolution.

He does not believe this would have resulted in any disruption to local traffic but said the incident did occur outside, which may have explained any police vehicles seen in the area during that time. 

In most cases, Marcotte said GSPS utilizes a variety of resources such as local mental health professionals in circumstances of this nature. This wasn’t possible, however, given how late in the night the incident occurred. 

De-escalating the situation was therefore put in the hands of GSPS officers specially trained in crisis intervention, who he said, would have used a variety of tactics to ultimately resolve the situation at hand. 

With that in mind, Marcotte would like to remind the public that while GSPS is always available, the city has several mental health resources should someone find themselves in a state of crisis. 

These resources include the following: