Over the past 12 months there have been 58,000 mental health detentions under the Mental Health Act in England - a 10% rise compared to the year before.
Under the Mental Health Act, anyone with a mental health disorder can be admitted to hospital against their wishes for treatment, which is something doctors are being forced to do in order to find patients a hospital bed.
Marjorie Wallace, Chief Executive of the charity, SANE commented:
“It’s a scandal that you have to be sectioned in order to get treatment. What we need is more, rather than fewer beds where those who need sanctuary and healing can receive help without having to be deprived of their liberty.”
As well as being faced with the ordeal and emotional trauma of being detained, another issue that these patients face is that due to the lack of beds available, they are often sent to unfamiliar hospitals which are far away from friends and family. This alone can hinder recovery because it may be difficult for loved ones to visit if they can’t fit a long journey around work or family commitments.
Worryingly, the report which was released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows that there has been a steady rise in the number of detentions over the past three years and that last year, one in 28 adults were in contact with mental health services. This equates to 1.85 million people in England alone who were trying to access mental health and learning disability services in the space of just 12 months.
If you think that you or someone you know could have a mental health issue, please feel free to contact Life Works in the strictest of confidence and we will be more than happy to help.