Help us put an end to dangerous restraint being used in hospitals

Thank you for your support of the Always campaign. We're delighted to say that MPs passed #SenisLaw through the House of Commons on 3rd November so this action is now closed. 

You can stay up to date with the Always campaign by visiting www.youngminds.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/always/

 

 

You have an urgent opportunity to help change the law to limit the use of dangerous restraint on children and young people in mental health hospitals.

Good inpatient care acts as a lifeline to many young people, who get the expert support they need to get better and return home. But practices like face-down restraint can cause psychological damage and physical injury for some of the most vulnerable children in our society.

The Always campaign, from YoungMinds and the National Autistic Society, has been calling for strong, enforceable rights to protect children in mental health hospitals, and their families, when they need it most. More than 10,000 of you signed the petition for change.

Now, we have the opportunity to change the law, but we need your help.

On 3 November, the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill will be debated by MPs.

The Bill is being referred to as Seni’s Law, named after a young man called Seni who was tragically killed in a mental health unit due to being physically restrained. If it becomes law, it will limit the use of some of the most dangerous forms of restraint.

3 November is a Friday when MPs usually spend the day in their constituency. So they need to know how important it is to you, as one of their constituents, that they instead go to Parliament to support the Bill. 

Please send a message to your MP using the form on this page. It only takes a couple of minutes, and it could make all the difference.

To make it easy, we've already written an email for you which you’ll see after you fill in your contact details – we ask for your postcode so that we know who your MP is. 

If you or someone you know have experience of using mental health services, or of being restrained in those settings, please do edit the email to tell your story. This will make it far more likely that your MP will take action.