Mental Health Alert Wristbands

Mental Health Alert WristBands

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Dedications & Testimonials

We know firsthand that our alert wristbands can make a positive difference. The following are dedications and testimonials about our Mental Health Alert Wristbands.

Craig Scott Cameron IICraig Scott Cameron II

August 17, 2018 started off like any other day. I spoke with my son that morning and ended the conversation with “I love you”.

Craig struggled through many obstacles with his mental illness during his life but a couple of months prior that had changed. He became part of a program that was really helping him. During that time, he was given a Mental Health Alert Wristband. He was very devoted to the wristband project and wore it proudly. He told me that the wristband made him feel safe. I was happy to hear this because he had encountered other situations in his life where the outcome was not in his favor.

At noon that same day we talked again. I told him I would see him later that evening. As usual we ended with “I love you”.

At 8:15 that evening we received a call from our local Police Department. Two officers arrived a few minutes later. They asked my husband for a description of our son. They then informed us that a young man fitting his description had drowned at the beach and despite all efforts to save him, it was too late. He was pronounced dead at 7:16 p.m.

In distress and complete denial, I asked the officer “how do you know it’s my son?” The officer replied, “he was wearing this” and showed us the Mental Health Alert Wristband. “This is how he was identified”.

My son’s life ended that day but for me that was the day a new journey began. I am now very involved in the wristband project. It is my son’s legacy. “Always Loved, Never Forgotten”.

- Debra Cameron


Testimonials


Craig Scott Cameron was by far the best friend anyone could ever have. Unfortunately, he left us in August and life hasn't been the same. When I heard that he was identified by his wristband I was greatful and intrigued. Greatful because I would hate to think how long he would have been missing if not for the wristband. Intrigued because I wanted to do something to help others with mental illnesses. I will do whatever neccessary to keep Craig's legacy alive. Because he was the kind of friend that would do that for you. 

Dana Taylor
Ohio

We are currently using the CIT wristbands to help advocate for those that are residing in our Level 1 group homes. This is very valuable as we have had incidents when our individuals have challenges in the community and/or even in our home when they engage with law enforcement. The wristband is an easy, unobtrusive, and discreet way to let law enforcement know that they are under care for mental health. We have also given them to the officers to wear and have encouraged our individuals that if they ever have a need (before, during or after living with us) and they see an officer wearing this wristband, that is someone with extra training to help build the trust. A fast feeling of trust may be a game changer when someone finds themselves in a mental health crisis. Our residents have the option to wear these and most choose to. They like how they look! Thank you for a great product that is proactive towards improved relationships in our communities!

Kristen Y. Infinger, LCSW
Mental Health Residential Coordinator
Georgia Pines Mental Health
Thomasville, Georgia

The Brunswick Police Department has been provided with the Mental Health Alert Wristband. Our officers give the wristbands to persons with mental disabilities that they have contact with. This assists other law enforcement officials in identifying persons with mental disabilities in future contact. This identification further assists with the person receiving proper medical attention, if needed.
This program has proven to be effective in the Brunswick/Glynn County Community. We look forward to continuing this program in the future.

Chief Kevin M. Jones
Brunswick Police Department 
Brunswick, Georgia

As preparations were being made for incoming Hurricane Irma, staff had noticed wristbands that some individuals were wearing at another program. When asked, those individuals said it was to help identify them as having a mental health need. We were able to attain some of the wristbands and use them for our own program. The individuals in our program had the option to receive and wear one if they wanted. They were given the wristband and an information guide. The wristbands gave them a sense of security that they would be taken care of at their evacuation destinations.

Local Mental Health Provider
Brunswick, Georgia

In an effort to bridge the gap and strengthen the relationship between those living with mental illness and law enforcement, Ms. Dottie Bailey, has created the mental health alert wristbands. The wristbands allow the police to easily recognize a person who may be living with a mental illness and vice versa, it allows citizens to easily recognize CIT trained officers in addition to the pins on the uniforms. The wristband is a symbol of unity between the mental health community and law enforcement.

Lt. Hiram Rivera, Jr. 
CIT Trainer/Hostage Negotiator
Watch Commander, Northwest Precinct
Savannah Police Department
Savannah, Georgia

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