Mental Health Act Review Expert Blog Series

The Mental Health Act sets out when people can be admitted to hospital without giving their consent in order to receive mental health treatment. An independent review has recently published recommendations to reform the Act and the Government is working on its response. We’re publishing this series of blogs to show why reform is needed so urgently and how the review’s recommendations could help.

Each blog is written by one of our experts here at Mind. 

In the first of our expert blog series around the Mental Health Act Review, Alison Cobb, our Specialist Policy Advisor here at Mind talks about the urgent need for dignity and respect to be placed right at the heart of the Mental Health Act.

Michael Henson-Webb is a qualified lawyer and Head of the Legal Team here at Mind. In his blog, Michael considers the limitations of the Mental Health Act, and how we can start increasing patient autonomy and independence under it.

Marcel Vige is Head of Equality Improvement here at Mind. In this blog, he considers the issues around racial inequality and the Mental Health Act, and the urgent need to address them.

Joanna Dean is a prison and mental health solicitor and is lawyer here at Mind. Before joining Mind she worked as a solicitor representing patients detained under the Mental Health Act. She blogs about the case against Community Treatment Orders.

Stephen is a lawyer in Mind’s legal team. Before joining Mind he was a barrister specialising in discrimination and employment. In this blog he looks at mental health advocacy.

Charli is a Policy and Campaigns Officer here at Mind. Her blog looks at why we need to improve people's experiences of crisis care, and why this goes further than just reviewing the Mental Health Act.

Alice Livermore is a lawyer in Mind’s legal team and focuses on the rights of children and young people. Before joining Mind, she worked as a solicitor specialising in mental health, community care and Court of Protection.

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