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"The lack of proper crisis care is costing lives"

shaky

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Rethink response to home affairs select committee report
Rethink Mental Illness response to Home Affairs Select Committee report - Rethink Mental Illness, the mental health charity
The Home Affairs Select Committee has today published a report, ‘Policing and mental health’, which says that NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are failing to provide enough health-based places of safety for people going through a mental health crisis.

It also proposes amending the Mental Health Act 1983, so that police cells are no longer stated as a place of safety for those detained under section 136.

In response, Brian Dow, Director of External Affairs for Rethink Mental Illness, said:

“It’s scandalous that so many people going through a mental health crisis, including children, are being held in police cells because commissioners are failing to provide enough suitable ‘places of safety’.

“That is completely unacceptable – not only is it resulting in thousands of vulnerable people ending up in police custody, it’s also costing lives. Someone going through a physical health emergency would never be treated this way, so why should people going trough a mental health crisis have to put up with it?

“The select committee proposes changing the law so that police cells can no longer be used as a ‘place of safety’, but that alone won’t fix these problems. The reality is that we need much more funding for mental health services. Everyone should have safe and speedy access to quality crisis care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Local commissioners also need to put much more investment into preventative mental health care like early intervention services, which help recover from a first episode of mental illness. We urge commissioners to act on this report by ensuring that their community has the resources required to meet need, otherwise people with mental illness will continue to get a raw deal”.
 
shaky

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Everyone should have safe and speedy access to quality crisis care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Like they do for physical health problems

When will the Ruddy Government and NHS England and commissioners and everyone ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS?
 
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"The lack of proper crisis care is costing lives"

Here here shaky!
 
SomersetScorpio

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It's a fair point, and it's an urgent point.
If someone was acutely unwell with a physical health problem, it would seem absurd to throw them in a police cell. Yet it's seen as acceptable to do that to people with mental health issues?
What a waste of police time. I wonder what the cost is to keep someone with MH issues in a cell - both financial and in terms of real criminals out there not being arrested.
 
skitzofrantik

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the biggest problem i faced was that the mental health place didnt see me as a risk ( despite x, y and z and past shite) so no problems but obviously the police have a fucked up duty of care and totally agrea but who wants to change it and who gives a fuck not enough unfortunately :scratcheshead:

reason for edit is this, was on a 24 hour monitored camera but still managed to break a finger and make a noose, wich i was rather embarrassed to have to hand to the escort to court.
 
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