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Police station to host mental health staff

20th February 2014

The Department of Health says most people in prison have problems with mental health, substance misuse or learning difficulties, and a quarter have a severe mental health illness such as depression or psychosis.

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It is estimated that police officers spend 15-25% of their time dealing with suspects with mental health issues.

Being diagnosed will allow people to be offered treatment or support and could affect how they are dealt with by the criminal justice system. The current arrangements have successfully been trialled in areas already.

Health Minister Normal Lamb said: "There are so many people in our prison systems with mental health problems which haven’t been diagnosed yet, if we diagnose them and deal with them, we can reduce re-offending."

Paul Jenkins, chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said: "We welcome this initiative, which has the potential to stop people going unnecessarily to prison, reduce re-offending rates and save millions in taxpayers’ money."


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