Seclusion & Restraint

  • minimise seclusion - ID-ing triggers, know how to calm the person down
  • co-design / consumer feedback on seclusion rooms
  • social inclusiong / social isolation ie: definitions of 'recognised' disability when it comes to funding
  • long term vs interim measures / solutions
  • expedite funding decisions
  • promote awareness of how to treat people with disability

Why the contribution is important

  • the public don't see cross-agency collaboration
  • use of a definition of disability when it comes to funding.  Standardised definitions?
  • eg airport security example of making person in wheelchair stand to go through security check

by Otahuhu on December 06, 2018 at 12:30PM

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  • Posted by Mike_McAlevey January 28, 2019 at 19:30

    Number one - call seclusion what it is. Solitary confinement. Use appropriate language and people's appetite for such barbaric ways of treating people will disappear.

    The "triggers" for the use of solitary confinement are clear - archaic, damaging and ineffective treatments for mental distress, poorly designed services where people in distress are banged up together, and staff trained in a disease model of mental distress.

    All of these are made possible by our current mental health act. This will be consigned to history, to join revolving chair treatment, lobotomies and insulin coma therapy.

    It's solitary confinement, not "seclusion". No amount of co-design of "seclusion rooms" will change that.
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