Turning Point responds to ‘At risk, yet dismissed’ report

News item posted: 04 April 2014

A new report 'At risk, yet dismissed' published today has highlighted the experiences of people with mental health issues who have been a victim of crime

The report which follows research by Victim Support, Mind, the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London, in collaboration with University College London shows that that people with mental health issues are: three times more likely to be a victim of crime than the general population; five times more likely to be a victim of assault and rises to 10 times more likely if you're a woman; more likely to be a repeat victim of crime and far less likely to be satisfied with the service they receive.

Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point and Chair of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing said;

"This report makes for uncomfortable reading. It is unacceptable that those with mental health issues are discriminated against by a system that is designed to protect all citizens.

The findings of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing, which published its report in May this year, found that although mental health is core business for the police, it is often not treated as such. The Commission called for better training for police officers and those working across the health and social care sector in relation to supporting those with mental health issues. This report further emphasises the central importance of this. Parity of esteem will not exist while inequalities like this remain in the system."