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Letter: Act for Mental Health Campaign

Date published: 18 June 2018


Dear Editor,

Thanks to pressure from Rethink Mental Illness and others, last autumn the Government set up an Independent Review of the Mental Health Act. The Review is looking at how the Act is used and how it can work better for everyone that it affects.

The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act recently published its interim report. Based on evidence from over 2,000 people who have been detained under the Act and their carers, it confirms what many have long known: there are serious problems with the Mental Health Act and the way that it is used.

Many people who have been detained and treated under the Act feel that it fails to protect their rights and dignity and excludes them from decisions about their own care.

We have a once-in-a generation chance to increase the rights of patients, improve the involvement of family, friends and carers and reduce the number of people detained under the Act.

As a supporter of Rethink Mental Illness’s Act for Mental Health campaign, I have written to our local MPs to ask that they :

  • Make a personal commitment to reform the Mental Health Act by signing EDM 1242 tabled by Luciana Berger MP.
  • Ask Jon Ashworth, Shadow Secretary for State for Health to support reform of the Mental Health Act

Concerned readers of Rochdale Online can lobby their MP at the Act for Mental Health campaign web page at:

https://www.rethink.org/get-involved/campaigns/act-for-mental-health-campaign

Thank you.

Yours,

Andrew Wastling

The views expressed are those of the author of the letter and not those of Rochdale Online.

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