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INQUEST AND BEREAVED FAMILIES TO MEET HEALTH MINISTER ON MENTAL HEALTH AND POLICING
14 January 2014
15th January, 2pm, Department of Health, Richmond House, Whitehall
Tomorrow INQUEST team members and four families of young men who died following contact with the police will meet Norman Lamb, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for mental health services.
The families of Sean Rigg, James Herbert, Olaseni Lewis and Thomas Orchard will attend the meeting. All died in circumstances involving the use of force and restraint by the police during a mental health crisis.
The families will use the meeting to highlight their concerns about the dangerous lack of progress in ensuring a national strategy on policing and mental health and the tragedy of further deaths in disturbingly similar circumstances.
Not to diminish the efforts of many individuals, piecemeal initiatives are not good enough to address a problem that needs a holistic response.
INQUEST will be represented at the meeting by Deborah Coles, Co-Director and Victoria McNally, Caseworker.
For furhter information on the four deaths see press releases.
‘We would like to thank INQUEST and our case worker for their help and support. INQUEST is a real lifeline for people who have lost loved ones and they have helped us practically and emotionally. They are worthy of much more funding than they receive to carry on their excellent work in increasing understanding in this area and in the way they support bereaved families.’
– Family of a man who died in custody