In June 2010 Hilary Coveney was detained under section 3 of the mental health act in England. During the three and a half years of her detention her life changed in many ways. She experienced restraint and was forcibly medicated but also experienced amazing support and companionship. This book is her story of what happened.
Hilary Coveney has been writing and telling stories since she was a small child. She has worked in many fields including as a care assistant, a play worker, a life model and a curriculum support worker producing Braille and large print resources. Hilary has a Biology honours degree and a post graduate diploma in psychology. She has had mental health problems including anorexia nervosa since childhood and was diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder (or BPD) in her early 20's. Shortly afterwards she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The two conditions together proved very difficult to manage and lead to a 3 and a half year admission in 2010 which included time spent in low secure services. This experience is the subject of her first book 'Sectioned' and her first poetry collection 'Behind Hospital Doors'. Hilary continues to write as she attempts to thrive in spite of her health problems.