I am undertaking a PhD looking at Section 136 of the UK Mental Health Act. Section 136 is a UK based directive which permits a police officer to legally remove a person from a public place, who the officer believes to be in distress, in need of immediate care and control and transfer them to a hospital place of safety. My work looks at how this provision works from the perspectives of all stakeholders involved (i.e. service user, carer, police, mental health professional and ambulance workers). Tied in with my keen interest in global mental health, I am interested in finding out how this works in low to middle income countries (i.e. Asia and Latin America of particular interest) especially from a trans cultural psychiatric perspective. It would be good to link with anyone who is involved in this type of work and/or has an active interest in this area.