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Almost 700 children detained under the Mental Health Act have been put in police cells over the last two years
The Independent.co.uk Tomas Jivanda 26 Jan 2014
Hundreds of potentially unwell children in England and Wales have been placed in police cells after being detained under the Mental Health Act as officers had no place else to take them.
In the first 11 months of 2013, 305 under-18s were detained in cells, with some held for over 24 hours. In 2012 there were 385 such detentions.
The figures were released under the Freedom of Information Act following a request by BBC Radio 4’s the World This Weekend. The BBC first uncovered the practice of locking children suspected of being mentally ill in cells in 2012.
Under the Mental Health Act, police have the power to take anyone they suspect to be mentally ill and a potential danger to themselves or others to a “place of safety” where they can be assessed by a doctor.
Although for children, this can usually refer to an adolescent psychiatric unit or children’s home, it can also mean a police station.
Sarah Brennan, chief executive of charity Young Minds told the BBC that it is a “terrible indictment” that the practice was still ongoing two years after it was first reported.
“[Children and young people] need to have appropriate care in the appropriate setting and that should never be a police cell when they have mental health problems,” she said.
The Department of Health said it has two trial schemes aimed at solving the issue. A “street triage” programme sees mental health nurses out on patrol with the police, while funding had been made available to base mental health workers in police stations and courts.
The moves have been welcomed by The Association of Chief Police Officers, but their mental health spokesman said more must be done.
“We were in a position where there was every day at least one young person statistically taken to a police cell,” Chief Constable Simon Cole told the BBC.
“We’re now down to less than one person a day as an average. Has it changed quickly enough and significantly enough? No it hasn’t, and I want that change to be quicker.
“I’m a father myself and the thought that either of my kids were ill and that they finished up in a police cell, I regard as abhorrent.”
Last year was the worst year of my life physically; which meant mentally and emotionally also. Without going into all the details, I could not walk far without breathlessness and terrible muscle fatigue in my legs. If I didn’t drive I would have needed a Gopher (disability scooter) to get to my local shopping centre.
I was diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy many years ago and this meant that the nerves in my feet and legs were dying off, causing a strange sensation and numbness in my feet. They would burn, especially when resting and in bed. My balance was affected and, even though I am getting old, felt much, much older! This was depressing but what I found frustrating was that I didn’t know the cause. I was told it was caused through Diabetes, which I don’t have, or a vitamin deficiency, which, according to the MANY blood tests, I didn’t have.
A few weeks ago I was sent a note via my daughter telling me to read a Kindle Book called ‘Could It Be B12?’ This has changed my life! It’s frightening to read because it tells of the many people suffering from things like MS and Alzheimers etc. only to find that the actual problem was a lack of B12!
After 4 days of taking 3000mg a day of B12 I mopped my hallway and couldn’t believe that I was not out of breath, I felt normal! No muscle fatigue or exhaustion. This was mindblowing! I feel as if I’ve been BORN AGAIN and want everyone to read this book. Below are some extracts, hopefully they will help you or someone you know.
Could It Be B12? Pacholok, Sally M.; Jeffrey J. Stuart (2011-01-26). Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses (pp. 2-3). Linden Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Ch. 1 An Invisible Epidemic
A silent crippler stalks millions of Americans—and you may be one of them.
This crippler is a master of masquerade, striking different people in different ways. It afflicts one person with tremors, makes another depressed or psychotic, and causes agonizing leg and arm pains or paralysis in still another. It can mimic Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, early Parkinson’s disease, diabetic neuropathy, or chronic fatigue syndrome. It can make both men and women infertile, or cause developmental disabilities in their children. Other times, it lurks silently, stealthily increasing its victims’ risk of deadly diseases, ranging from strokes and heart attacks to cancer.
This medical disorder stems from a vitamin deficiency, but your standard multivitamin pill won’t prevent it in many cases, and even some higher-dose oral formulas of this vitamin may not help. It’s considered an “old people’s disease” by doctors, but it can strike any person at any age, and it sometimes hits children the hardest. The disorder I’ve described is vitamin B12 deficiency. If you develop this deficiency, it’s easy to spot, easy to treat, and easy to cure—but only if your doctor diagnoses you before it’s too late. Unfortunately, that frequently doesn’t happen.
WHO ARE THE VICTIMS OF B12 DEFICIENCY? The cases we’ll describe in the pages of this book involve people of every age and from every walk of life: babies, children, young men and women, middle-aged people, and senior citizens.
Among them are the following:
• A thirty-five-year-old man who starts wetting himself, and who can no longer walk steadily or grip with his hands.
• An eight-month-old baby who loses her speech, stops responding to her parents, and eventually can’t even sit up by herself.
• A twenty-year-old woman who becomes severely depressed and who attempts to kill herself.
• A grandfather transformed, in three months, from a healthy jogger into a depressed, confused man, diagnosed with senile dementia.
• A two-year-old child who exhibits severe developmental delay and is diagnosed with autism. All of these very different patients have one thing in common: Their doctors have failed to properly diagnose them.
All of these very different patients have one thing in common: Their doctors have failed to properly diagnose them.
• A young woman unable to conceive a baby.
• A fifty-four-year-old woman experiencing paranoid delusions and violent outbursts, coupled with symptoms that her doctor diagnoses as multiple sclerosis.
• An eighty-year-old man who develops balance problems, falls, and fractures his hip.
• A ballet dancer who undergoes cosmetic surgery and ends up nearly unable to walk.
• A middle-aged woman accused by her doctors of being an alcoholic and a “drug seeker” when she complains of intense, chronic back and leg pain.
• A seventy-eight-year-old with foot and leg numbness diagnosed as incurable diabetic neuropathy.
• A senior citizen whose doctors attribute his repeated falls to “mini-strokes.”
All of these very different patients have one thing in common: Their doctors have failed to properly diagnose them. They’ve been labelled with a dozen different disorders, ranging from incurable diseases to hypochondria, but in reality, they all suffer from the same medical condition: vitamin B12 deficiency.
This isn’t a new or fad disease. In fact, you’ll find it listed in the textbooks of any first-year medical student. It’s not a rare disease, either: If you’re over forty, you’re at an elevated risk for dangerous B12 deficiency, and if you’re over sixty, you have up to a 40 percent chance of having potentially dangerous low B12 levels. The lower your serum B12 gets, and the longer you have signs and symptoms, the greater your potential for injury and poor outcomes
Pacholok, Sally M.; Jeffrey J. Stuart (2011-01-26). Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses (p. 2). Linden Publishing. Kindle Edition.