The use of Section 136 (Mental Health Act 1983) in Gloucestershire

Med Sci Law 2010;50:29-33
doi:10.1258/msl.2009.009017
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J Laidlaw MRCPsych * ,
D Pugh CQSW MBA ,
G Riley BSc MSc  and
N Hovey BSc (Hons) 


* Consultant Psychiatrist, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Montpellier Unit, Horton Road, Gloucester GL1 3WL, UK
Mental Health Act Implementation Manager, Gloucestershire Primary Care NHS Trust and Gloucestershire County Council, UK
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Audit Manager, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Montpellier Unit, Horton Road, Gloucester GL1 3WL, UK

Correspondence: Dr J Laidlaw. Email: jim.laidlaw{at}glos.nhs.uk

The small number of published studies on the use of Section136 (S136) of the Mental Health Act 1983 may reflect neitherthe current situation nor the true national picture as mostof the research comes from large urban centres and was publishedbefore 1997. We studied the use of S136 between 2002 and 2006in Gloucestershire, a rural English county with a populationof approximately 585,000, by analysing data held by the policeand local mental health services. On average 192 subjects (range176–203) were detained each year under S136, equatingto a population rate of 32.8 S136 detentions per 100,000 peryear in Gloucestershire. In contrast to other published studies,ethnic minorities, particularly Afro-Caribbean males, were over-representedonly in a minor way. Of those individuals detained, about athird were admitted, a lower rate than in other studies. Actsor threats of self-harm were common (55%), but acts or threatsof violence (28%) and evidence of intoxication (16%) were presentin a minority, suggesting that detainees are more likely topose a risk to themselves than others.

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