Independent Review Of The Mental Health Act

The review will consider and make recommendations on improving legislation and practice around the Mental Health Act.

The 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 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.

Service user and carer survey

Government want 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.

The survey will enable them to take account of their views when they make recommendations for change.

You can complete the survey online or you can download the survey relevant to you and post it to the following address by Wednesday, 28 February 2018:

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act
39 Victoria Street

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