Solitary Confinement

Solitary confinement should not be used in our mental health services

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) advocates for the end of solitary confinement (seclusion) in mental health services across Aotearoa New Zealand.

This prohibition needs to be supported by adequate resourcing of services and changes to delivery models and practice approaches, building on the decade- long Zero Seclusion project and success of services that have eliminated solitary confinement at times.

Ending solitary confinement can result in better outcomes for tāngata whaiora, whānau and health workers.


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