Dr Mark Salter, who has been working in mental health services in London for 20 years, says “to detain them in hospital against their wishes is absolutely essential in saving their life.”
Salter says that they probably save three lives each night in the Hackney unit.
According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, it was found that between 2013 and 2014, the Mental Health Act in England was used over 50,000 times. More than 4,000 of the patients admitted were aged between 18 and 24.
The use of the Mental Health Act has increased by 30 per cent in the last 10 years.
Why can you be sectioned?
Generally, you can be sectioned if you are putting your safety, health or other people at risk.
Salter believes if the person is in a state of confusion, fear, are hearing voices or having suicidal thoughts, then that person may benefit from being sectioned. He says that it would be a good idea to be under the care of someone with skill, compassion, time and medicine…