Ending the detainment of people with mental health conditions

January 19, 2015 5:21 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Every region in England has pledged to bring an end to detaining people with mental health conditions in police cells.

Authorities across England have committed to improving care for people with mental health issues and working towards ending the use of police cells under the Mental Health Act.

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The announcement from Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb comes as NHS England launches pilots in six areas to empower NHS 111 staff to deal with calls about mental health crises more effectively.

These pilots will explore ways of improving mental health training for call handlers, providing better access to mental health services and staff so people get the right care as quickly as possible, and sharing information with specialist mental health teams, such as street triage services.

Norman said:

"I want to congratulate every area for committing to improve crisis care. The next steps are crucial - I want to see action plans developed across the country so that a youngster in crisis will never end up in a police cell and anyone with mental illness gets the right care in the right place.

"Whether it's better links between mental health nurses and police or more mental health support in A&E, I look forward to seeing how local services work together to make positive changes for good."