Free to attend this meeting is sponsored by the South London and Maudsley NHS Mental Health Trust, and comes in the wake of the high profile inquest verdict of Sean Rigg, an African Caribbean patient, who died while in the care of this trust just an hour after he was picked up by the police back in 2008.
The inquest verdict into his death was highly critical of both South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and the police and concluded that their actions had more than minimally contributed to his death.
Wednesday 12 December’s event will be the second of these public seminars and a third event is planned to take place in Southwark or Lewisham. The aim of these events is to engage with communities in each of the four principal Boroughs served by SLaM.
Open to the public this meeting is the aimed at informing the community about the changes which have been made by both the police and mental health services, since Rigg’s death in order to ensure that such tragedies do not occur again.
Themes to be discussed include:
Incidents. What happens when people are unwell and how do mental health services and police respond to them? What are the new mental health and policing protocols?
Medication and new drugs – are services using the right level and kind of medication?
Family involvement and confidentiality – how do we balance the rights of families and service users?
To register your attendance email: firstname.lastname@example.org or you are welcome to turn up on the day.
Matilda MacAttram director of Black Mental Health UK said: ‘The latest figures on deaths in custody show that 60% of people who loose their lives while in the care of the state are mental health service users.
It is people from Britain’s African Caribbean communities who are detained in the system in greatest numbers.
The findings from the Sean Rigg inquest have brought to light the very harsh treatment they receive from both the police and mental health services. This event is an opportunity to find out what changes have been made since the Sean Rigg Inquest verdict to ensure that we do not see any more deaths in custody.’