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Landmark reform of mental health laws - what are your views?

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The recent press release from the UK Government outlines a White Paper which contains the reforms:

"Major reform of Mental Health Act will empower individuals to have more control over their treatment and deliver on a key manifesto commitment.

Reforms will deliver parity between mental and physical health services and put patients’ views at the centre of their care.

Plan will tackle mental health inequalities including disproportionate detention of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, the use of the act to detain people with learning disabilities and autism, and improve care for patients within the criminal justice system..."

The report covers:

"A package of reforms has been set out in a wide-ranging new Reforming the Mental Health Act white paper, which builds on the recommendations made by Sir Simon Wessely’s Independent Review of the Mental Health Act in 2018.

At the heart of the proposed reforms to the Mental Health Act is greater choice and autonomy for patients in a mental health crisis, ensuring the act’s powers are used in the least restrictive way, that patients receive the care they need to help them recover and all patients are viewed and treated as individuals.

These reforms aim to tackle the racial disparities in mental health services, better meet the needs of people with learning disabilities and autism and ensure appropriate care for people with serious mental illness within the criminal justice system."

Do you work for Mental Health services?

Are you someone who uses Mental Health services?

What are your views?

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