Public consultation on mental health and policing

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Lord Victor Adebowale, Turning Point Chief Executive and Chair of the Independent Commission into Mental Health and Policing, has written a guest blog for Mental Health Today urging the public to complete the commission's public consultation.

In his blog Victor writes that;

The independent commission on mental health and policing is currently holding a public consultation. The public consultation is open to anyone who wants to share their views about mental health and policing in reference to the Metropolitan Police Service in London. As chair, I would urge all individuals working in the wider field of mental health, as well as any other interested party, to take the time to complete the survey. The website allows people to securely and anonymously share their experiences and opinions.

It is one of our central aims to help the police to improve a key area of their work and your contribution will help us to get it right.

The overall purpose of this Commission is to carry out an independent examination of cases, within the last 5 years, of death or serious injury of people with a mental illness, after contact with police. I would stress that the review isn't only about deaths in custody but is looking more widely at improving the police response to incidents involving mental health. I have mentioned before that protecting the most vulnerable in society should be a high priority for police- and that includes safeguarding the lives of people with mental health problems. The commission will be making recommendations to help improve the Metropolitan Police Service response to people with mental health conditions and to help prevent similar incidents that we have already seen occurring again in the future.

We want to gather a range of views to help make this a relevant and grounded report, strengthened by the understanding of the direct experience and views of the public. Please take the time to let us know what you think.

For more information or to complete the survey please visit the Commission website

To read the full post please visit the MH Today website