Detainees and victims of crime with mental health problems need better support
1. For interviews / further information please contact Joel Charles on 07703 124 174.
2. The statistics on usage of Section 136 are taken from the Inpatients formally detained in hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983 and patients subject to Supervised Community Treatment Annual Figures, England 2012/13 published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre at the end of October. http://www.hscic.gov.uk/article/3668/Mental-Health-Act-detentions-top-50000-a-year
3. The Government has committed to ensuring parity of esteem in cases of mental and physical health and its recent publication Closing the Gap explicitly recognised the need to divert individuals with mental health needs away from the Criminal Justice System and the needs of victims with mental health needs.