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After sober reflection
Punitive taxation, public education and the recent ban on smoking in indoor public places have reduced the proportion of the UK population who smoke from about 55 per cent in 1970 to about 25 per cent today (Cancer Research UK 2011). Smoking has almost disappeared from television and cinema screens too, but the drinking of alcohol is often seen, and sometimes made to appear glamorous, in these media.
Force feeding as treatment
In the mid-1980s, I was treated for anorexia. I was allowed no dignity or respect, and was held down while being force fed. The most damaging part was the punishment I received and the cruel way I was treated.
Service survivors, and our allies, have for many years drawn on the literature, research and practice to advocate a harm-minimisation approach to self-injury.
Time for action
Whenever an article on training pathways, degree-level courses, or excellence in recording the use of restraint appears in Mental Health Practice, my heart sinks.