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Mentally ill 'let down' by police

Severely mentally ill people are "significantly more likely" to report unfair or disrespectful behaviour from police, new research has shown. However, many feared there would be repercussions, like sectioning, if they reported bad behaviour.

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Mentally ill 'more likely' to report bad police behaviour

People suffering from severe mental illness are "significantly more likely" to report unfair or disrespectful behaviour from the police, new research has shown.

A report by a number of leading mental health charities found many people suffering from severe conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and clinical depression were also reluctant to report dismissive behaviour.

Mentally ill patients are more likely to report poor behaviour from police, research has shown. Credit: PA

They feared their illness would be used to discredit their complaint and were scared of being sectioned and sent to a psychiatric facility.

Mind's chief executive Paul Farmer said: "It is unacceptable that the police, healthcare staff and others who are supposed to support victims of crime may be dismissive of or not believe a person's experience, or may even blame them for the crime."

Research was collected using a survey and compiled by Charity Victim Support, the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, Mind, Kingston University and St George's, University of London, and University College London.

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