I See You...Back Up! On The Call to Win in Crisis and in the Aftermath to Win in Life

Studies support the fact that one in four or one in five adults living in the US qualify for a mental health diagnosis. If 20-25% of adults qualify for a mental illness, we must accept the idea that we encounter people in this group, every day. In jobs, schools, homes, hobbies, churches, social activities, etc. We know people are typically reluctant to change within any organizations, but if we can successfully nudge a cultural shift within a vast law enforcement agency, there is hope for any company or corporation. If we stop focusing on how frustrating or broken any system may be and individually own our portion, proven progress can be made in the right direction.

Joseph A. Smarro, Chief Executive Officer of SolutionPoint+ LLC and United States Marine Corps Veteran, became one of the original members of the San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit in 2009, helping the unit become one of the most nationally recognized police programs in the nation. During his nine years working on the Mental Health Unit, he has dealt with some of the most severe cases of individuals suffering from a mental health crisis, saving countless lives. He will be headlining an upcoming full-feature documentary coming out in 2019.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://TED.com/tedx

Studies support the fact that one in four or one in five adults living in the US qualify for a mental health diagnosis. If 20-25% of adults qualify for a mental illness, we must accept the idea that we encounter people in this group, every day. In jobs, schools, homes, hobbies, churches, social activities, etc. We know people are typically reluctant to change within any organizations, but if we can successfully nudge a cultural shift within a vast law enforcement agency, there is hope for any company or corporation. If we stop focusing on how frustrating or broken any system may be and individually own our portion, proven progress can be made in the right direction.

Joseph A. Smarro, Chief Executive Officer of SolutionPoint+ LLC and United States Marine Corps Veteran, became one of the original members of the San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit in 2009, helping the unit become one of the most nationally recognized police programs in the nation. During his nine years working on the Mental Health Unit, he has dealt with some of the most severe cases of individuals suffering from a mental health crisis, saving countless lives. He will be headlining an upcoming full-feature documentary coming out in 2019.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://TED.com/tedx This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx