UK Law Stigmatises Mental Illness .

#1
Do you know that anyone sectioned under the mental health act for 6 months or more is automatically banned from becoming a MP, a Director of a company or a member of the school governors for example, to name but a few positions in society.

This effectively means that Mental illness is officially stigmatised by the law of the land.
 
#2
There is a bit of a difference between being Sectioned and being mentally ill, the bit being that the majority of mentally ill probably dont need sectioning.

But just get this right, if i am sectioned for more than 6 months I can still have the following positions:

Nurse (beverly allit)
Caretaker (Ian Huntley)
Doctor (Harold Ship)
Pilot (Mohammed Atta)
Scout Leader (Thomas Hamilton)
Taxi Driver (Derrick Bird)

So thats OK then.
 
#5
Do you know that anyone sectioned under the mental health act for 6 months or more is automatically banned from becoming a MP, a Director of a company or a member of the school governors for example, to name but a few positions in society.

This effectively means that Mental illness is officially stigmatised by the law of the land.
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Now there's not many people know that.........
 
#7
Do you know that anyone sectioned under the mental health act for 6 months or more is automatically banned from becoming a MP, a Director of a company or a member of the school governors for example, to name but a few positions in society.

This effectively means that Mental illness is officially stigmatised by the law of the land.
Rawhide is correct. There's a huge difference between being 'simply' mentally ill and being detained under the Mental Health Act. It's improving slowly. Detained patients are at least allowed to vote now.
 
#8
Rawhide is correct. There's a huge difference between being 'simply' mentally ill and being detained under the Mental Health Act. It's improving slowly. Detained patients are at least allowed to vote now.
How is allowing people so dangerously insane that they have to be physically incarcerated the vote, an 'improvement'? If someone has to be locked up for their own safety or that of others because they think they're Jesus or believe that the postman's conspiring with Hitler against them, do you honestly think that they're likely to be capable of making a sensible choice of MP?

As for the other prohibitions, surely that's just common sense too? Our pool of MPs and company directors is bad enough already without adding certified lunatics to the mix.
 
#9
Rawhide is correct. There's a huge difference between being 'simply' mentally ill and being detained under the Mental Health Act. It's improving slowly. Detained patients are at least allowed to vote now.
Good God!!! Whatever next? What are they thinking of?

They'll let women vote next!!!!
 
#10
It is indeed common sense. My comment about the vote was semi-ironic but if you look at the way the rest of the public have voted in the last few elections then there's arguably no difference.

Once someone's clear of Sec 117 aftercare arrangements the options as to what they can do open up somewhat. Not everyone who is detained (far from it in truth) will remain mentally unwell for the rest of the lives and in need of aftercare. There are a large number, particularly self harmers and personality disordered patients, who are detained but don't have a mental illness in its truest sense and they're just as able as you and I to make a rational decision about who to vote for.
 
#11
Well we wouldn't want the lunatics taking over the asylum would we?
Some places they may have done so. Every time I go visit my elderly uncle in Connecticut I drive through Hartford, CT and laugh when I notice that the offices of the state legislature are on Asylum Street. I take it as a sign of honesty in government.
 
#13
It is indeed common sense. My comment about the vote was semi-ironic but if you look at the way the rest of the public have voted in the last few elections then there's arguably no difference.

Once someone's clear of Sec 117 aftercare arrangements the options as to what they can do open up somewhat. Not everyone who is detained (far from it in truth) will remain mentally unwell for the rest of the lives and in need of aftercare. There are a large number, particularly self harmers and personality disordered patients, who are detained but don't have a mental illness in its truest sense and they're just as able as you and I to make a rational decision about who to vote for.
You obviously have never met my (soon to be ex) wife.
 
#14
Do you know that anyone sectioned under the mental health act for 6 months or more is automatically banned from becoming a MP, a Director of a company or a member of the school governors for example, to name but a few positions in society.

This effectively means that Mental illness is officially stigmatised by the law of the land.
Disgusting. It should be embraced as a rite of passage for MP's, company directors and school governors. We should deliberately seek to employ lunatics and/or ex-lunatics as teachers, doctors and mental health professionals also.
 
#15
Do you know that anyone sectioned under the mental health act for 6 months or more is automatically banned from becoming a MP, a Director of a company or a member of the school governors for example, to name but a few positions in society.

This effectively means that Mental illness is officially stigmatised by the law of the land.
Are you a nutter?
 

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#16
Do you know that anyone sectioned under the mental health act for 6 months or more is automatically banned from becoming a MP, a Director of a company or a member of the school governors for example, to name but a few positions in society.

This effectively means that Mental illness is officially stigmatised by the law of the land.
To even things up there is a special section just for MP's. I've no idea if it's applied daily, may explain why they don't turn up for work.
 
#17
Do you know that anyone sectioned under the mental health act for 6 months or more is automatically banned from becoming a MP, a Director of a company or a member of the school governors for example, to name but a few positions in society.

This effectively means that Mental illness is officially stigmatised by the law of the land.
Actually, and thinking on about this, these restrictions are due to be lifted soon. There was a Commons debate that Kevan jones (I think) spoke in and it was as a result of this debate that these bars are going to be removed provided the person isn't under Sec 117 aftercare (as well as Sec 3, 37/41 etc).
 
#20
To even things up there is a special section just for MP's. I've no idea if it's applied daily, may explain why they don't turn up for work.
They do say no former PM leaves No 10 entirely sane. Brown, Blair and the Iron lady all come to mind.
 

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