Our campaigns team help people affected by mental illness have a voice about the issues that they care about.
You might have seen the coverage today about £billions more for the NHS with a big focus on improving mental health services. But with people who are most ill waiting the longest for mental health treatments, will this new money stretch far enough to help those most in need?
Susanne is the mother of someone who was detained under the Mental Health Act earlier this year, so she was keen to meet with her MP, Justin Tomlinson, over the summer to discuss how the Act can be improved.
Yesterday (10th July 2018), Matt Hancock replaced Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health & Social Care. We asked our Senior Public Affairs Officer, Louise Forsyth, to set out what pressing issues will be in his in-tray.
In 2003 I left my job at the Royal School of Needlework as an embroiderer and went to King's College London to train as a nurse. I qualified three years later and got a job in the HIV department at Chelsea and Westminster hospital – a job that I was very excited to be starting. A year later, at the age of 27, I had a serious mental breakdown and was sectioned under the mental health – ironically with my nursing uniform still in my bag. Sadly, I have not worked as a nurse since.
Last year, following campaigning by Rethink Mental Illness supporters, the Government announced an independent review of the Mental Health Act. This review is looking at the problems with the Act and will make a series of recommendations on how to improve things.
While awareness of mental illness has increased in the past decade, the thirty year old legislation designed to protect people with mental illness has remained woefully unchanged. Today Rethink Mental Illness, together with Adelphie Research UK, have released a new report on how we can make the Act more person centred and fit for the future. In this blog, Jonathan from our campaigns team looks at the report findings.
Today, the Care Quality Commission released their annual Monitoring the Mental Health Act report and it highlights people with severe mental illness are still not being involved in their own care while under the act nor being advised on their legal rights.