After Police Custody

Today the BBC revealed that over the course of seven years, over 400 people in the UK have committed suicide within two days of being released from police custody. It was stated that most if not all these people had mental health issues at the time they were taken into police custody, but the police would have been unaware that in most cases the person was mentally unwell. The police have admitted that there has been so much emphasis on how people are treated while in custody, that little attention has been given to individuals right after police custody.

There is now a recognition that people in police custody need access to their medication and may need professional mental health support during and after police custody. Focussing on the mental health needs of a person during and immediately after police custody may help diminish these alarming statistics.