Thursday, 17 November 2016

‘Ban cells as holding places for people in a mental health crisis’

‘Ban cells as holding places for people in a mental health crisis’ The use of police cells as places of safety for people in mental health crisis, should be banned.

This is a message from the mental health charity Mind. The charity is calling on parliament to ban the use of police cells for this purpose, as new data from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Lead for Mental Health shows some forces are still putting people who are unwell in cells on a daily basis.

The Policing and Crime Bill, currently making its way through the House of Lords, will end the use of cells as “places of safety” for under 18s who are suicidal, self-harming or in psychosis, but Mind is calling for this to be extended to adults too.

Mind’s appeal comes hot on the heels of NHS England’s publication of the latest statistical information on patients’ experience of mental health services in the NHS — an update which includes results from the 2016 Community Mental Health Survey. OnMedica

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