Without a ban on coercive practices new Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017-19 will not save lives

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Steve_Reed_launches_Use_of_Force_Mental_Health_Bill_July_2017_-_2Steve Reed MP's new private members Bill aimed at improving oversight and management of the use of force in mental health units and similar institutions has received cross party support. However BMH UK are clear that ending, not monitoring, the use of force and excessive levels of coercion against black people of African descent who are disproportionately detained under the Mental Health Act, and over represented across all other custodial settings, is the only way to bring an end to the growing numbers who lose their lives while in the 'care' of the state every year.

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