Agenda supports Steve Reed’s Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda and co-chair of the Department of Health’s Women’s Mental Health Taskforce says: “We hope this bill will help bring about an end to the regular and repeated use of physical restraint on women and girls.
“More than half of women who have mental health problems have experienced abuse. So, not only is restraint frightening and humiliating, it can also re-traumatise them.
“Mental health units should always be caring, therapeutic environments where women and girls’ needs, particularly their history of trauma, are taken into account in the support they receive
“This Bill presents a real opportunity to reduce the alarming and unacceptable use of restraint and create positive change for thousands of women and girls.”
The Bill passed its second reading debate on Friday 3rd November 2017.
The Bill was considered in a Public Bill Committee on Wednesday 28th March 2018; the Committee will resume on 18th April 2018, 9.30am.
Read the joint briefing from Agenda and Rethink Mental Illness for the Second Reading of the Bill here.