Helen Taylor is the author of The Backstreets of Purgatory, which is ace. She’s a hell of a writer, a genuinely lovely person and the writer of this heartbreaking piece about being sectioned.
We were supposed to have one-to-one sessions where I told him what I was feeling. It was meant to help, to give me some kind of release.
â€˜Ronnie, I think you are a prick,â€™ I told him.
â€˜I donâ€™t give a fuck what you think,â€™ he told me in reply.
If you’re not familiar with the term, “sectioned” means being detained under section 25 of the Mental Health Act. Taylor was sectioned after a traumatic experience made her existing depression considerably worse.
It’s not an easy read, but it’s a powerful piece.