The news today is saying that the number of times that individuals have been sectioned by the police in the UK under the Mental Health Act has increased by 20% this year.
I have been sectioned by the police as I was considered a danger to myself. The police I have to say were fantastic but I was confused and I didn’t understand what was going on as I was locked in the back of a police car. I remember phoning relatives saying I had been arrested and I didn’t know where I was being taken.
I was fortunate to be taken to a psychiatric hospital near my home.
As mentioned the police were fantastic in my case but they are being asked to do a job that they aren’t really trained for or resourced to do.
The UK is in the midst of a mental health crisis as adequate resources do not exist to help people.
It really is time for the words from politicians and employers to put into action.