What does coercion do to children and young people? How can you use the least amount of coercion? What is useful help in mental health care?

63 young people aged 13-21, have participated in the survey. They’re from the north, middle, western and eastern part of the country. All of them have been victims of coercion, been threatened with coercion or been witnesses of someone else being victims of coercion. Most were admitted to a bed post or had been admitted a short time ago.Although the survey does not represent all young people’s experiences and advice, the answers from 63 young people who have recently experienced the bedpost care in mental health care provide a broad and important contribution to what many see as helpful for them.

“If I were your child” is an in-depth study on coercion, which builds on the responses from the survey PsykiskhelseProffene (2014), in which 120 children and young people were interviewed about what is useful help in mental health care.

The report “If I were your child” was produced to highlight children and young people’s experiences and advice on coercion in mental health care. 

“If I were your child” is carried out in collaboration with the Council for Mental Healthand ExtraStiftelsen.

Contents of the report: 
PART 1: About the use of force
PART 2: Different forms of coercion
PART 3: What coercion does to young people
PART 4: What Norway can do

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