Seclusion “Let’s start opening the doors”
The use of seclusion and restraint is a common practice within acute mental health settings in New Zealand. Current evidence suggests that seclusion and restraint is used as a safety measure to prevent harm to others and themselves. However, it can often result and cause significant psychological and physical harm to patients and staff. This form of treatment can be detrimental to a patient’s recovery, particularly those who have experienced traumatic life experiences.