1st Edition

Surveillance Practices and Mental Health The Impact of CCTV Inside Mental Health Wards

By Suki Desai Copyright 2022
    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines how CCTV cameras expose the patient body inside the mental health ward, especially the relationship between staff and patients as surveillance subjects.

    A key aspect of the book is that existing surveillance literature and mental health literature have largely ignored the influence of CCTV cameras on patient and staff experiences inside mental health wards. Research findings for this book suggest that camera use inside mental health wards is based on a perception of the violent nature of the mental health patient. This perception not only influences ethical mental health practice inside the ward but also impacts how patients experience the ward.

    It is not known how and why CCTV camera use has expanded to its uses inside mental health wards. These include not only communal areas of the ward but also patient bedrooms. The research, therefore, examines how and why camera technology was introduced inside three Psychiatric Intensive Care Mental Health Units located in England, UK. Aimed at both undergraduate and postgraduate students, this book will appeal to sociology, mental health, and surveillance studies students, as well as practitioners in mental health nursing, caseworkers and social caregivers.

    1. Introduction: Surveillance Practices and Mental Health

    2. Theory: Surveillance Practices Inside Mental Health Hospitals

    3. Implementing CCTV Cameras Inside Mental Health Wards

    4. Practice Implications and CCTV Surveillance

    5. Patient and Staff Experiences of CCTV

    6. Conclusion: The Politics of Surveillance and Mental Health


    Suki Desai has a background in social work and mental health. She has previously worked as a Mental Health Act commissioner and regional director for the Mental Health Act Commission. More recently, she has worked as a social work academic.