Thursday July 19 2018
Hundreds of lives are being put at risk each year because adults with mental health problems are ‘found and forgotten’ after going missing, according to a Parliamentary Inquiry.
Ann Coffey – head of the ‘Inquiry into safeguarding missing adults who have mental health issues’ by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults – said that going missing should be a ‘red flag moment’ which ought to trigger help.
But instead tens of thousands of adults nationally are left alone and isolated with no support on their return home.
There are about 126,000 incidents of adults going missing annually. Up to 600 missing people a year are found dead: the most commonly known cause being suicide.
The inquiry heard that about 80 per cent of adults who go missing are experiencing mental health problems and up to one third go missing again.
It’s nearly the end of the school term, when children and teachers can take stock of a busy year and look forward to the summer holidays.
I was delighted to be invited back to Stockport Academy in Cheadle Heath to hear about the students’ achievements over the year, which are truly impressive. They put in so much hard work and are a real credit to the excellent teaching and learning at the Academy.
Victory in MP’s fight to help dementia sufferers
Ann Coffey MP has been successful in her long running campaign to scrap distressing rules that mean dementia sufferers who die in care homes are deemed to be “in state detention”.
Ms Coffey has been fighting in for a change of law in Parliament since families told her of the distress of having to wait to bury their loved ones because inquests are required into the deaths of dementia sufferers who die in care and are subject to a Deprivation of Liberty safeguard.
This meant that even if a person died of natural causes the police had to attend to sit with the body until an ambulance arrived and relatives must then visit a mortuary to identify the body again. Then an inquest had to take place.
Ms Coffey argued that this caused unnecessary anguish to families, delays in funerals and was costing the taxpayer millions.