Mental Health blog posts

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 18- 24th May 2020 For most of us, there will never again be a time when so many of us will be affected by mental health issues. Coronavirus came out of nowhere and has caused devastation to many, forcing us to live our lives in very...
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Mental Health Tribunal update

Tribunal set-up For anyone that has attended a Mental Health Tribunal pre-lockdown the 3 person panel will be very familiar. The judge sitting in the middle is assisted by an independent consultant psychiatrist on one side and a lay member (someone involved in social...
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Mike Bishop Retirement

Mike Bishop, Head of our Mental Health team here at David Gray retires today (30 April 2020) and we wanted to say a huge Thank You! Mike has worked at the firm for over 30 years and he will be a huge miss not just amongst colleagues and his fellow partners but...
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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,...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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