Commentary: “I’ve lost count of the times my door has been broken by the police”

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1165 (Published 15 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1165

It comes up on my phone as no caller ID, but I know who is calling. The line is distant, hard to make out, a police officer is using the radio as a phone:

“Where are you? We need to come to see you. There has been a concern for your welfare.”

I trust my GP. It’s taken me a long time to be able to say that, but I know that sometimes, when sheis concerned for my mental health, she has little choice. Finding the right help for mental health conditions can be difficult. I’m one of those people who doesn’t fit well into any one specialist service—more than one condition and concern around the risk I sometimes pose to myself—and as a result, my general …

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