Our response to announcement of an independent review of the Mental Health Act
Today, 4th October 2017, Theresa May announced an independent review into the mental health act.
Danielle Hamm, Associate Director of Campaigns and Policy at Rethink Mental Illness said,
“The Mental Health Act is over thirty years old; it is out of date. We welcome this review as an opportunity to identify where the Act is currently failing people with mental illness, which it too often is, and make it fit for purpose.
“It is vital that this review listens to and works with people who are, or have been, held under the Act. Last year over 60,000 people were detained under the Mental Health Act and many thousands more are affected as friends, carers and family members. These voices need to be heard.
“It is only with their full involvement that we will get a robust review and the changes everyone needs. We look forward to working with the independent review to make this happen and make this change a reality.”
Click here to read more about our recent Mental Health Act fit for tomorrow report.