Independent Government Review of the Mental Health Act –Opportunity to Share your Views

5 February 2018 4:12pm

The Government is undertaking an independent review of the Mental Health Act. It will consider and make recommendations on improving legislation and practice around the Mental Health Act.

The independent Government review was set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve. The purpose of the review is to understand the reasons for:

  • rising rates of detention under the Act
  • the disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups detained under the Act
  • processes that are out of step with a modern mental health care system

The independent Government review will seek the views of service users, carers, relevant professionals, and affected organisations in producing recommendations. It will produce a report with recommendations for change in autumn 2018.

The Government wants to listen to views from people with experience of being sectioned or of caring for someone who has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act as part of the review.

You can complete the survey online or you can download the survey relevant to you and post it to the address as provided on the Government website.

The survey is open until Wednesday, 28 February 2018.