Let Me Out: How the Media Gave Matthew a Voice in the Mental Health Crisis

Just over a month ago I wrote a blog about my autistic son Matthew, and how he was stuck in an inappropriate psychiatric unit after being sectioned last September.

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After five months of false promises and missed deadlines, a bewildering lack of communication, accountability and transparency, and with Matthew deteriorating by the day, we were desperate. We felt we had no choice but to go public with our story. No-one was listening, so we needed to shout louder.

We decided to launch a petition on change.org called ‘Make Room for Matthew’. As this coincided with the launch of #youngmindsmatter, the Huffington Post were one of the first to take notice and suggest we write a blog. We emailed everyone we knew. We set up Facebook and twitter…

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