CCHR says legislative protections are needed prohibiting chemical and physical restraint and punitive seclusion rooms, not only in the U.S. but globally. Mental health industry watchdog says psychiatric restraints need to be banned in the U.S. and worldwide as part of ending coercive psychiatric practices. It states: “There is a growing consensus that all forms of restraint and seclusion in mental health services should be eliminated….  In 2021, another WHO guideline on mental health recommended prohibiting coercive psychiatric practices, including restraints, as they constitute an act of torture. The Nursing Home Abuse Guide points out that “research continues to show that physical restraints are not safe and do not decrease the risk of injury.
Source: Los Angeles Times November 20, 2023 14:02 UTC