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Is Now the Perfect Time to Alter the Current Mental Health Act?

May 30 2018

In our history of dealing with mental health incidents in Leeds and surrounding areas at Grahame Stowe-Bateson, we understand the frustrations that are experienced by those who are detained under the act against their will. 1983’s Mental Health Act gives authorities the power to prescribe treatment for those deemed to fit within the classifications of the illness.

In early May, a review of the Act was commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May. According to The Guardian, the decision for the review came on the back of May’s promise during last year’s election campaign to address a “flawed” and “discriminatory use of a law passed more than three decades ago”. 
 
The review was headed by former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Sir Simon Wessley. He and his team found issues that included the poor experiences of black African, Caribbean and Asian minority ethnic groups (BAME), and that members of these ethnicities are detained more than any other group. In addition to this, whilst many believed being detained under the act saved their life and gave them the opportunity to seek rehabilitation, almost an equal number did not believe being detained was the correct approach for them. Fixing this complicated disparity is what any ramifications to the current mental health act must provide.
 
“We have heard time and time again service users raise serious issues about the manner in which they were previously detained under the MHA and the circumstances of their stay in hospital,” the report said.”
 
Social media campaigns have already begun, in order to influence the de-stigmatisation of mental health within society’s different institutions with the #MentalHealthIsHealth hashtag on Twitter.
 
Whilst this remit seeks to fix an evidently damaged and dated legislation, ensuring that we as a community and the government use this opportunity to get it right is paramount. It is essential for any new legislation to coincide with the Care Act and Mental Capacity Act, so that a fully integrated and co-efficient mental health service can be offered to sufferers.
 
As mentioned earlier, Grahame Stowe-Bateson have dealt with cases relating to mental illness in the past. It is important for sufferers to be represented by a solicitor who is a qualified member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel; here, we have partners who are both members of the panel, and the Law Society Mental Health Panel. For more information with regards to legal representation specific to detention or other issues in Leeds, Middleton, Bramley, and Harrogate, you can find our details on our contact page.

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