Letter: A Foolish Mental Health Policy
Sir: The Government's proposals to forcibly detain mental health patients who do not wish to take their medication are not just grossly illiberal but entirely counterproductive. I should know, having been through that very experience. Nearly two years ago, subsequent to a suicide attempt, I was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and locked in a secure unit, the major justification for this being that I was not taking my medication. This was a conscious decision on my part, based on the fact that I had already taken a number of different medications, which I believed had contributed to my suicide attempt, and no longer trusted them or considered them effective. I considered this to be my right: the psychiatrists demurred, and locked me up.
This is an utterly terrifying and traumatic experience, in which, without ever seeing a court of law, you are taken from your home by social workers and policemen and locked in what is, to all intents and
purposes, a prison. Your …
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