Clients and staff from Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS) recently joined colleagues from Durham Regional Police (DRP) and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences for Ontario Shores’ 4th Annual Grand Slam Challenge baseball tournament.
After a brief weather delay, the teams took to the field, joined for the occasion by 1993 Toronto Blue Jay World Series Champion veteran Rob Butler, who graciously took photos with and signed cards for anyone who asked.
DMHS Housing Coordinator Krista Bull points out that in addition to having fun, the event also serves a serious purpose. “By bringing together police officers and individuals who experience mental illness in a relaxed, enjoyable setting, the tournament helps shape attitudes and perceptions in positive ways in both directions.”
Among the police and mental health services in attendance were members of the DMHS/DRP Mobile Crisis Intervention Team or MCIT. This specialist police response unit involves a specially trained police officer working with a psychiatric nurse and a community mental health worker in responding to situations that involve individuals experiencing mental health crisis.
“Despite the weather, it was a great day of baseball,” says DMHS Executive Director Rob Adams. “Many thanks to Ontario Shores for hosting this annual event.”
For photos from the day, please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126191794@N04/albums/72157658208507560