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The periods of seclusion went from half an hour, to an hour, to half a day, to a day, and eventually they stopped opening the door. Beth spent three years in a seclusion cell in an environment that was just a room, 12ft by 18ft, nothing but a mattress on the floor. It was brutal.

Jeremy, Bethany’s dad

Over 2,000 people with a learning disability and autistic people (of which around 200 are children) are detained, often for many years, in mental health hospitals in England. This is leading to lifelong trauma and loss of life.

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people with a learning disability and autistic people are currently detained in mental health hospitals in England

Five years

is the average stay in mental health hospitals for people with a learning disability and autistic people


people were being detained in 2015, the government promised to halve this number by the end of March 2024


is when government is actually estimated to hit its March 2024 target (

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Here are some of the heartbreaking personal stories behind the numbers…