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LESSONS NOT LEARNED - SANE comment on BBC File on Four investigation 'Mental disorder and killings that could have been prevented'
Added: 14th Sep 2020

Please find below comment from Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, on the BBC File on Four investigation Mental disorder and killings that could have been prevented, to be broadcast on Tuesday, September 15 at 8.00pm:

“The vast majority of people with mental illness are never violent and are more likely to pose a risk to themselves than others. But as headline cases continue to happen it is clear we have not learned the lessons from the serial flaws of the psychiatric system, which cause so much devastation to those involved and increase stigma among the general public. Ignoring the truth of what has happened is like throwing away the black box after a plane crash.

“SANE’s own analysis of key factors identified by independent inquiries continues to reveal the litany of failures: 90 per cent of inquiries reveal a lack of sharing vital information; 75 per cent show inadequate risk assessment; and most unforgivably, more than half fInd a failure to listen to the families of the person with mental health issues and act on their concerns. 

“Until we change attitudes we will continue to have unnecessary suffering and loss of life.”

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