Mind, together with the Mental Health Alliance, has been calling for a review of the Mental Health Act and we welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement of the review. The legislation is outdated and does not reflect the principles we expect to see in twenty-first century healthcare.
We are represented on the Review’s advisory panel and helping on its working groups.
We have made a written submission to the Review, which sets out what recommendations we think the Review should make to Government to improve the current legislation and the mental health services in which it operates. We are also calling for a more fundamental review of the legislative framework around mental health and capacity.
People from some Black and Minority Ethnic communities are more likely to be detained under the Act, especially African and Caribbean people. We've heard how little confidence BME people have in mental health services; stereotyping, lack of cultural awareness and use of coercion creates widespread mistrust. Our submission seeks to highlight issues for BME communities and make recommendations to improve people's rights, experience and outcomes.