Inside the geo-fence: a personal view

Sophie Stockbridge gives an account of life working in Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, with patients progressing through the psychiatric system on their way to release into the community. When I started, my mentor told me to first meet the patient and then read their case notes and I’m really glad I did. Every patient I met on the all-male ward seemed to be like any other middle aged man, they all liked to play scrabble, were all keen to get a job and would have deep conversations about ...

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Better justice in mental health

Paula Reid was awarded a Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to travel to the USA and Canada to look at responses to mental illness in the criminal justice system. Her Fellowship report, including case studies from the USA, Canada and the UK, was published in July. The response of the criminal justice system to people affected by mental illness has had a welcome focus in recent years. This group is disproportionately represented at all stages of the system, from the volume of ...

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