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People encouraged to share experiences of Mental Health Act

People who have either been under section of the Mental Health Act, or who have cared for someone who has, are being asked to take part in a national review.

The Mental Health Act 1983 covers the assessment, treatment and rights of people with a mental disorder, including when a person can be admitted, detained and treated in hospital without their agreement.

An independent review of the Act was set up by the Government last year to look at how the law is used and how practice can be improved, and a survey aimed at service users and carers with experience of the Mental Health Act has now been launched.

All responses will be treated in confidence and individuals will not be identified in any reports.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "The national review wants to hear from people who have experience with the Mental Health Act in one way or another, and to get their views about what practice and the law should look like going forward."

The survey is available here and closes on Wednesday 28 February, 2018.

To find out more about the independent review, please visit Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.

  • released: Thursday 15 February, 2018