The Mental Health Act sets out when people with a mental health problem can be detained and treated in hospital against their will. It was written in 1983 and needs updating. An independent review of the Act has just been published alongside a set of recommended changes including:
We know that these changes have the potential to make a huge difference to the way people in mental health crisis are treated in hospital but we need your stories to help us demonstrate the importance of change.
If you have been detained under the Mental Health Act and want to be part of our campaign by sharing your experiences, good or bad please email: [email protected]
We are particularly interested in hearing from young black men aged 18-30 who have been detained under the Mental Health Act.
Find out more about our work around the Mental Health Act Review here.
We would be interested in hearing about your experiences of the Mental Health Act and your time in hospital, and what you think about the proposed changes to the Mental Health Act. Your experiences can be positive or negative, or a mixture. There are a variety of different ways you can share your story with us, so you can pick what feels right for you.
Your story will help us to emphasise how important high quality crisis is, and the difference it can make to somebody's recovery. There will be opportunities to share your story on social media channels and with a variety of influential figures.