The Mental Health Act in England and Wales is currently subject to an independent review, led by Professor Sir Simon Wessely. The Act provides the legislative basis for detaining people judged to be in need of compulsory assessment or treatment for their mental health, and a range of safeguards to ensure their human rights are protected during this time. The review will make recommendations to the Government later this year about ways in which the Act should change.

The Centre is keen to promote discussion and debate about the Act in order to ensure that a broad range of perspectives are shared and debated. We will publish a series of blogs this year by people with personal and professional experience of the Mental Health Act about the changes they would like to see and the ways the Act could work better for those who are subject to it.

All of the blogs for this series give the views of the authors, based on their knowledge and experience, and are not necessarily those of the Centre. We are publishing them to bring as many different voices as we can to the public debate about the Act during the course of the review.

If you would like to blog for us as part of this series, please contact Andy Bell 

Last updated 09/12/2018

What next? Delivering fundamental reform for the Mental Health Act

Andy emphasises the need for legislation change and concerted action to bring about fundamental reforms


Housing and the Mental Health Act: a ‘duty of care’

Cllr Andrew Gordon highlights the negative impact that being detained under the Mental Health Act can have on someone's housing situation


Should people with mental illness really pay for their prescriptions?

"If the Government is serious about achieving equality for mental health, now is the time to act to put this anomaly right"


Whose best interest? Advance Decisions and collaboration in coercive environments

Owen looks at the purpose of Advance Decisions to empower people at their most powerless


Speaking from experience: shaping the Mental Health Act Review

Dr Sarah Markham shares her experience of being on the Service User and Carer Group of the Mental Health Act Review


Action not words: Why mental health care needs to change

In a hard-hitting personal account, one writer argues that change in mental health will require more than just talk


Rethinking statutory roles in the Mental Health Act

Dr Jenny Oates questions how we recruit Responsible Clinicians to alleviate workforce pressure and give people the best care


Considering the Mental Health Act we want for the next 20 years

Linda Colgan considers how lessons from the past should inform future planning


Community Treatment Orders: Can coercive measures ever have a positive impact?

In the first of our Mental Health Act series, Nuwan debates whether Community Treatment Orders can be transformative in some situations