Cage beds and restraints are not mental health “treatment” - they are cruel and degrading
Sign the petition to tell Bohuslav Sobotka, Czech Prime Minister, to end cage beds, restraints and isolation in Czech psychiatric hospitals.
A decade ago we exposed how humans are caged in Czech psychiatric hospitals, causing the EU and the UN to condemn the practice. We recently went back and visited many hospitals to see what had happened since. The results? Not a lot had changed: cage beds are still prevalent. So are straps, chemical restraints and isolation cells.
“It is a feeling like you were closed as if you were an animal. As if you weren’t a human. They treat you as someone even lower than an animal,” said a resident who had been held in a cage bed.
Just because someone has a mental health issue, doesn’t mean they should be treated like an animal in a cage.
Demand that the Czech government treat people with mental disabilities with respect by banning cage beds once and for all. Other cruel treatment like strapping, heavy sedation and seclusion – should also be banned.
The Czech government ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2009. It signalled its commitment to recognising the dignity, autonomy and liberty of everyone with disabilities – including mental health issues.
For more information, check out our website: www.mdac.org/cage-beds