So, if you’ve read my previous post then you do know what it means to be sectioned. However, not everyone who has been sectioned has gone down the pathway of “innocence”.
I am the last person to put forward the notion that people with mental health problems are criminals, but, as I have mentioned, before mental health can affect anyone. This includes criminals, and yes, in some cases, mental illness can drive people to crime. In other cases, individuals can commit crimes and have poor mental health but the mental health is not causative of the crime. In both cases, there are laws in place to help and protect these people, and also to protect the public from these people.
In this blog post I will outline some of these laws and sections of the Mental Health Act.