28 September, 2020 — Red Pepper
Hilary Aked writes about the insidious role of Prevent, the government’s counter- extremism programme, in compromising mental health services
For an NHS psychiatrist working with schizophrenic patients, it’s not unusual to witness people suffering from severe paranoia. Fear of being watched by the state and persecuted by the police may well feature in such patients’ delusions. What is rarer is for someone receiving mental health care to see their fears come to life because their psychiatry team has reported them to Prevent, leading police to question them as a suspected potential terrorist.