Bring back the mental health inpatient survey
  • Petitioned Jeremy Hunt

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Secretary of State for Health
Jeremy Hunt

Bring back the mental health inpatient survey

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      Rethink Mental Illness

The latest Broadmoor scandal shows how important it is for us to protect vulnerable people on mental health wards. Yet Government has cut the only survey that checks how safe people feel in mental health hospitals. All of us know someone with a mental illness-we need to know our relatives and friends' safety is taken seriously.

29 year old John* from Plymouth explains why his traumatic experiences in hospital mean he is supporting the No Silence campaign:

"When I was 18, I was hospitalised for mental illness. It should have been a therapeutic environment for me – but instead I endured experiences that left me feeling like I was being punished for my mental illness.

Being forcibly injected with medication was particularly traumatic. The nurses weren’t properly trained – they didn’t know how to restrain someone without physically hurting them. I was pinned down, face to the floor, my hands held behind my back.

It dredged up memories of a childhood trauma when I’d been treated in the same way, which really made the situation even more terrifying for me. It made my mental illness even worse and left me feeling very institutionalised. 

I certainly didn’t feel safe in hospital – experiences like mine must be heard and acted upon, not swept under the carpet.  That’s why I’m backing the No Silence campaign."

Please sign up to this petition right now and urge the Health Secretary to reintroduce the inpatient survey for mental health patients – without these important checks many more cases like John’s will go on unmonitored. 


*John's name has been changed to protect his identity. 

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    • Donna Thomas STALYBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      I have seen my son being denied some pretty basic rights during his stays on mental health wards. He has been treated with disrespect, ignored and forced to take medication which we all knew was detrimental to his treatment. Everyone has the right to proper care, especially when they are at their most vulnerable.

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    • Lucy Goldsmith BRADFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      People who want to abuse can be attracted to working environments in which there is a lack of accountability and victims are unlikely to be believed. We need checks on these environments which can turn abusive.

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    • Chanise Murdoch HELENSBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      I too went through something like this

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    • Peter McLaren HAWKINGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      A society that fails to protect it's vulnerable members is not worthy of the name! Do the right thing and put people before profits!

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    • Laura Todhunter CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      I have a mental health disorder too and I'm so terrified of ever being hospitalized for it and being treated as if it's all my fault too.

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