I wasn’t diagnosed with bipolar disorder until I was 20. A few months before that, I started to feel really unwell and found myself in a really dark place.
I hit crisis point and the police were called. They decided I was at risk of harming myself, and took me to hospital.
They restrained me and put me in handcuffs before making me get into their car. I found them to be aggressive and it felt like I was being treated like a criminal. I was absolutely terrified and it made a bad situation so much worse.
After speaking to other people who have had similar experiences, I have discovered that I am not the only one this has happened to and it’s just not fair.
I have made a film with Fixers in which I appeal directly to police chiefs to provide their staff with more appropriate mental health training so they’re better equipped to deal with the mentally unwell in the community.
It’s so important that the police show people in crisis compassion instead of acting like they have committed a crime.
My Fixers team also included:
I would like to thank Kerry Gibson, project co-ordinator of Herefordshire's Strong Young Minds project, for supporting my campaign.