Seni's Law passes second Lords reading
Today, 7th September 2018, the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill passed Second Reading in the House of Lords. This important bill, widely known as "Seni's Law", aims for greater transparency and accountability around the use of restraint in mental health settings.
The bill was introduced after Olaseni Lewis, a young graduate died in 2010 after being held face down by eleven polices while experiencing his first ever episode of psychosis.
"We're very pleased that Seni's Law has passed its Second Reading in the House of Lords. The unnecessary use of force in mental health units is just one of the ways that people detained under the Mental Health Act feel that their rights and dignity aren't respected. Help us to improve their experiences by supporting our #ActforMentalHealth campaign."
- Willl Johnstone from Rethink Mental Illness
‘Seni’s Law’ is a vital step forward to reducing the use of force and improving how it is regulated and overseen: the Shadow Health Minister, Justin Madders, was right to describe it as “a step towards a model of care, rather than one of containment”. But we know that further steps are also needed.
Now that the Government has commissioned an independent review of the Mental Health Act, we will champion this principle as the basis for future reform so that people with severe mental illness are treated in safety and with dignity.
Click here to find out more about our #actformentalhealth campaign.