Physical Restraint within the Mental Health Arena:
The link below is for the Guardian Online mental health article by Katharine Sacks-Jones (2/3/17).
Over 70 organisations form an alliance called Agenda, which seeks to campaign on behalf of women and girls admitted to mental health units and considered to be at risk, sometimes through domestic violence abuse and other trauma.
They submitted a FOI (Freedom of Information) request to all mental health trusts in England to ascertain if physical restraint of women was ongoing and Agenda’s research suggests that a staggering 1 in 5 women or girls are physically restrained when in a mental health environment.
Not only is this barbaric, with face down restraint regularly taking place amongst some Trusts, it must have a fear factor and humiliation content that you hope you and your love ones never ever encounter.
‘One woman who had experienced restraint repeatedly over a number of years told me about the fear it provoked. Not only was there the physical discomfort; it also brought back memories of the abuse and trauma she had suffered as a child.
More than half of women who have mental health problems have experienced abuse – and the links are particularly pronounced for those with more severe illnesses. ‘ (From the Guardian Online article by Katharine Sacks-Jones 2/3/17)
Aren’t we meant to be progressing as a society in our handling and treatment of those with mental wellbeing needs? To treat them like animals by holding them down and trussing them up is an utter disgrace and those responsible should hang their heads in shame.
I’d never heard about Agenda until I read this article, but would urge people to look at their website and support them in any way possible. They provide an invaluable and much needed service for women and girls at risk and sadly, the need for this service will probably never abate. You can find them at: