Mental Health Incidents - 1470/20

Date Responded 26 October 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. The number of calls for officers to attend where "mental health" was flagged and/or cited as a factor in the call in the last three years (2018,2019 and 2020 so far)? Please break this down by year and month. Please provide as much detail about the nature of the incident as possible. Please say how many of the incidents' involved under 18s and how many were for those aged over 18.
  2. The number of recorded cases where section 136 of the Mental Health Act was used to detain a member of the public in the last three years (2018,2019 and 2020 so far)? Please break this down by year and month.

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Please see the attached document which should satisfy your queries.

However, please note the following in regards to the data within the document:

  • We would not hold data regarding the ages of those involved with an incident noted in Q1.
  • This data supplied covers up to 30 September 2020.
  • In April 2019, the way mental health related incidents were logged was changed.  As such, there is a notable jump in cases at this point.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

Mental Health Incidents - 1470/20

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