No police cells for mental health

Monday, 18 November 2013

Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, has called for the practice of using police cells for those experiencing mental health-related illnesses to be brought to an end. In a comment piece for The Independent, he says:

'If you’d just experienced a physical health crisis, a heart attack for example, you’d never be held in a police cell. If these were stroke victims, we would be rightly appalled. It just double underlines why mental health needs to be given parity of esteem with physical health'.