22nd November 2016

Abi is desperate to get help for her 28-year-old brother who has been sleeping rough since February.
Patrick, an aspiring musician, has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Abi says he’s been offered help countless times but he always refuses, now she wants that help to be forced upon him.
An expert has told Newsbeat there are many homeless people like him in the UK being “failed” by the system.

Under the Mental Health Act, in certain circumstances someone suffering from a serious mental illness can be taken to hospital against their will.

But according to former NHS psychiatrist, Dr Philip Timms, many services simply aren’t willing to get people sectioned from the street.

He says in most parts of the UK there is a “scandalous” reluctance to use this power in the homeless community

To read more please see http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37935406/i-want-my-homeless-brother-to-be-forced-to-get-help