What’s the issue?

Every year, thousands of mental health patients are held in outdated and harmful restraints. It causes distress, injury, and in some cases it can kill. Despite new government guidelines, restraint is used far too often.

Why is it called Seni’s Law?

Seni Lewis was a 23 year old from Thornton Heath, Croydon.

Seni died in a mental health hospital after he was pinned face-down by 11 police officers until he stopped breathing. We must stop the use of excessive force that killed Seni and too many other mental health patients like him.

What happens next?

The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) was introduced to Parliament by Steve Reed MP. It will create accountability and transparency in the mental health services and tackle the unconscious bias that means too many members of our black community are treated differently.

No one else should suffer like Seni did, and every citizen from every background should feel safe when using NHS mental health services.

Together, we can make our mental health services safe and equal for everyone.