Blog posts categorised: Mental Health

The Future of the Mental Health Act

The Future of the Mental Health Act

Mental Health Act Reform In her speech following the recent General Election, the Queen outlined how the Government will continue to work to modernise and reform the Mental Health Act. The key objective appears to be to ensure that patients get the support they need,...
World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day takes place every year on 10th October. The global event aims to raise awareness, provide support and encourage us all to try and take care of our own mental health. This year’s focus is on suicide prevention....

Nearest Relative vs Nominated Person

The Independent Mental Health Act Review published their final report in December 2018, the contents of which may be of interest to you if you are detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act or if you are a relative of a patient. Currently, the Nearest Relative...

The Mental Health Act 1983- Can I refuse treatment?

This is one of the first questions that many people detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA) 1983 ask. If you are given medication or offered other treatment in hospital, can you refuse the treatment? What happens if you do? What is the general position? The general...

Has the 1983 Mental Health Act been ripped up?

In May 2017, Theresa May pledged to “rip up the 1983 Act” by commissioning an independent review into the Mental Health Act with a view of modernising it. In December 2018 the Independent Mental Health Act Review published its final report. Proposed changes for...

Mental Health Services – A Change Has Gotta Come

  Mental health services are bracing themselves for what many expect to be damaging cuts and further lack of investment as the date of this year’s budget announcement looms. Equality 4 Mental Health  has begun a campaign aimed at getting ministers to sit up and...