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April 21st – the date the Consultation on Reforming the Mental Health Act Closes.

The views of anyone who has ever been detained or may be detained under the Mental Health Act as well as professionals and families are needed. Please don’t miss this opportunity to make your views known.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/reforming-the-mental-health-act

https://www.rethink.org/news-and-stories/blogs/2021/01/the-mental-act-white-paper-a-big-step-towards-change

In 2018 the government commisioned an independent review into the Mental Health Act, this review set out what needs to change in both law and practice in order to deliver a modern mental health service that respects the patient’s voice and empowers individuals to shape their own care and treatment. It also made recommendations on how to address the disparities in how the act affects people from black, Asian and minority ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds

Two years on (and no doubt delayed by the current pandemic), the government has published its White Paper. This proposal outlines their plans for updating and changing the Act, specifically around when you can be detained and receive mental health treatment without consent.

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