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The Community Care website gives a detailed report on the recent announcement regarding the Mental Health Act 1983 by the Prime Minster during her speech at the Conservatives Party Conference yesterday afternoon.

The article states that an independent review into the Mental Health Act 1983 will examine rising rates of detention and the disproportionate numbers of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people detained. Theresa May says the review is designed to “tackle the longstanding injustices of discrimination in our mental health system once and for all”.

The review will be chaired by former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Simon Wessely, and is due to report by autumn 2018. 

With a 50% rise of people being detained under the Mental Health Act in the past ten years, the review will examine the causes of this rise and the continued disproportionate use of the act in relation to BAME people.

It will also investigate concerns about safeguards available to people, such as tribunals and second opinions, the use of community treatment orders (CTOs) and the ability of people to determine which family members have a say in their care.

The terms of reference also state that the review will probe how far the act is used to detain rather than treat, and the time required to take decisions and arrange transfers for people subject to criminal proceedings.

The government said the review’s recommendations should be aimed at improving the treatment and support people receive when experiencing acute mental ill-health.

While the expectation is that it will lead to law reform, the government said that some of the solutions are likely to lie in practice rather than legislation.

Article published by Community Care: 4th October 2017

To read the full article by Community Care then click here.

To read the Terms of Reference of the review then click here.

To read more about the figures of detainees under the Mental Health Act then click here.

If you suspect that you, or someone you know are subject to any form of Abuse, click here to see how to recognise and report.

If you are struggling with your mental health, or are supporting someone with a mental health issue, then click here to contact your local Mind or here for your local Samaritans.

Don't forget, Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board will be uploading further content such as news articles and upcoming events during the month of October to help raise awareness on Mental Health.


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