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‘I have never felt more unsafe than I did in hospital’

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I only remember fragments of the psychotic episode that propelled me to A&E in December 2022. My friends had found me quivering on the floor of a red phone-box in central London, having run away from home.

When they asked me why I was there, I replied ‘the Matrix’, as if that made perfect sense.“Hospital. It’s a word that means different things to different people, but should inspire, above all, a sense of safety.”I had several - at times - terrifying delusions and hallucinations that were rapidly changing and shifting from moment to moment, and was no doubt very unwell.

But this story isn’t about that. This story is about the horrors, firmly rooted in the real world, that came after, when I was sectioned and detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act.Hospital.

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