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A mental health patient has told how she was rugby tackled by police officers while running along a motorway after escaping from hospital.
Megan Alikhanizadeh said the mental health system was failing people, with the police often forced to intervene.
Her story comes as figures show a 17% increase in the number of times police in England have detained someone under the Mental Health Act since 2016-17.
Mental health charity Mind said this was “deeply worrying”.
Government figures showed in the year 2018-19 police detained people under the Mental Health Act 23,883 times, compared to 20,422 times in the year 2016-17, based on data from 32 English police forces.
There has also been an increase in the number of