Proposal for people with mental health problems to carry ID

  • A parliamentary candidate has suggested that people with mental health or other issues should wear wristbands or carry ID to help make communication simpler. /images/mentalhealth.jpg

    Chamali Fernando, a Cambridge Conservative, has said that the choice of carrying a card or wearing a visible indicator should be a matter of choice, reports the BBC.

    At a Cambridge hustings event called Keep Our NHS Public, Ms Fernando said wider use of identification would help to prevent any misunderstandings.

    "Police, social services or hospitals dealing with people with conditions that affect their ability to communicate can decide they are being obstructive or evasive," she said.

    "They do not realise the person may have a mental health or other condition. The way they behave often affects the way they are treated. Carrying some kind of identification shows they have a particular condition so allowances can be made. There are also different ways of doing this without stigmatising the person, such as carrying a card with details of the condition but in some cases by wearing a coloured wristband."

    Julian Huppert, standing as Lib Dem candidate for Cambridge, tweeted: "I think it was a spur of the moment thing rather than a prepared policy."

    The National Autistic Society said some people with autism like the security of carrying information about their condition to share with the police or transport officials, if they get into any difficulty and are having trouble communicating.

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