A picture from Ross’ journals that, along with scary words and behaviour, triggered my attempt to get him sectioned to stop him going to the USA...

If you are intelligent, well spoken and articulate, but don’t think you are ill - you are so screwed...
(under current interpretation of Mental health Act)

“He’s very ill, but he held it together so we can’t section him. Do not let him go the USA... You must wait until he is too far gone to keep control. By the way, the longer he goes without treatment, the less chance of recovery.” I had a mini breakdown.
Ross was not sectioned until nearly a year later...


No-one had any doubts that he was seriously ill. It was moral and bureaucratic cowardice. The system must be changed (and it would also save money).
Ross 2009: “Why didn’t they section me? It has cost me 2 years of my life - and I’m still not right.”