Women In Crisis: How Women And Girls Are Being Failed By The Mental Health Act

Agenda, August 2018

Agenda report establishing growing evidence that being detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 can be detrimental to women and girls’ wellbeing, with little attention paid to their particular needs, including their experiences of trauma. This can have devastating consequences for women and girls, as shown by previously unpublished figures on self-inflicted deaths outlined in this report.

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A brief guide to Section 136 for Emergency Departments

Royal College of Emergency Medicine, December 2017

This guide outlines the process to be followed when police bring a person to the Emergency Department under a section136 of the Mental Health Act and the responsibilities of the different agencies caring for the person.  It notes the main change detailed is a reduction in duration of the section from 72 hrs to 24 hours. Under 18s are no longer allowed to be taken to a police cell and adults will only be taken to a police cell under certain circumstances. Police are also required to consult a mental health professional before applying a section 136 where possible.

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A Mental Health Act fit for tomorrow: an agenda for reform

Mental Health Alliance, June 2017

This report summarises the findings of a survey of over 8000 people who use mental health services, carers, and professionals working in the field. The report highlights concerns that the Mental Health Act overlooks the dignity and human rights of people with mental illness.  The Mental Health Alliance, made up of over 75 organisations working in the mental health sector, commissioned the research and is calling on the Government to urgently act on its promise made in the run up to the General Election to review the Act, and ensure any reform takes into account the views expressed by those people it’s there to protect.

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Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2015/16

NHS Confederation, November 2016

In its annual review of the Mental Health Act, published on Friday 18 November, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) outlined how several healthcare services in England are using the Act to maximise people’s recovery, wellbeing and support when they have been detained; however, it raises concerns that progress needs to happen at a faster pace for key issues, such as patient involvement and protection of rights.

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