Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Young People

Health written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons (a) under 16 and (b) from 16 to 18 years of age (i) are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 and (ii) were detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the last five years.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

The Department does not collect the information requested.

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Dee Speers
Posted on 16 May 2008 11:16 am (Report this annotation)

If as the Government state it is their priority to look at Suicide Prevention especially in the highest risk group of "young men", why doesn't the Dept collect this information?
What part of the requested stats should be part of the remit and therefore the responsibility of the Office of the National Director for Mental Health?