The Mental Health Act 1983 is a law in England and Wales setting out when people can be detained and hospitalised for mental health treatment.
Following on from an independent review announced in 2017 which stated that the Act did not work as well as it should do, the government published a White Paper in January 2021 on plans to change and update the Mental Health Act, and there is now an open consultation process on the proposed changes. The consultation closes on the 21st April 2021.
This session led by the British Institute of Human Rights and the National Survivor User Network is for mental health professionals and advocates/campaigners to share your views and experiences of working with the Act and to and learn more about the Mental Health Act White Paper consultation process. BIHR and NSUN will use this interactive session to shape our own responses to the White Paper. We will tell people in positions of power what you tell us. It is so important that the views of those working in mental health settings are not missed.
The session will cover:
- How the Mental Health Act works with a focus on staff's legal duty to apply the provisions in the Act compatibly with human rights law.
- The proposed changes to the Act and an opportunity to share your views on these.
- Importantly, we'd like your views on what needs to happen to make these changes a reality for the people you support.
- Top tips on responding to the consultation