A response team raced to an emergency call after a school employee called 911, concerned about an absent student’s well-being. “A student made some suicidal threats yesterday and did not make it to school,” mental health counselor Tandis Hashemi told CBS News.

911 centers across the country are inundated with similar calls. One study said up to 10% of 911 calls nationwide could involve mental health issues. In Washington, D.C., several dozen calls per day fit that category.

Some of those calls have ended in tragedy. People with an untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than the average citizen is…

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