Do you really know what it means to ‘be sectioned’?

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You hear it on the news, on soaps, and in magazines. Another celebrity has been sectioned, or that criminal who committed that crime was sectioned when he was younger, or that character is being sectioned against their will because they’re crazy…

The term “sectioned” has been totally demonised by society and the media, when in actual fact for some people being sectioned is the best thing that could have happened to them. If someone is being, or has been, sectioned then they have been through enough without people being scared of them because of them ‘being sectioned’. It’s really not as scary as it seems. Since working as a support worker in a CAMHS (children and adolescent mental health service) low secure hospital, primarily on the PICU (psychiatric intensive care unit) ward, I’ve learnt that not many people understand the work I do, or the reason behind why I need to do it and why my patients are where they are. I also realise that not many people understand the mental health system – this needs to change.

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“Mummy, I’m sad.”

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248’000 children were referred to CAHMS (Child and Adolscent Mental Health Services) in 2015.
1 in 10 children aged 5-16 have mental health problems that require support and treatment.
1 in 12 young people in the UK have self harmed at some point during their lives.
Only 16% of young people would talk to their parents about their mental health problems. 
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