Scotland's MHA review: "I don’t think trauma-informed care will stop all the suffering we go through"
Graham Morgan has been living under a compulsory community treatment order for ten years, having previously spent four months in hospital for his mental health. He was recently appointed to the team reviewing the Scottish Mental Health Act. His experience of living under a community treatment order is described in depth in his memoir 'Start'.read more
"That is the worst part, having to come to terms with your freedom being taken away"
Mohammed Khan, who has lived with mental illness for thirteen years, reflects upon his first admission to a psychiatric unit and considers how "the system" could better serve those using it.read more
'I've had psychosis before and recovered in months – I shouldn't be locked up for years'
Indefinite isolation is anything but a ‘new normal’ for the thousands of patients diagnosed with mental illnesses cooped up in 60 medium-secure mental health hospitals dotted across England and Wales. The majority know neither when they will be discharged, nor what specifically they need to demonstrate in order to regain their liberty. Mental Health Today spent time with a handful of patients just prior to the wider world falling under a desperate lockdown of its own. This interview is the third in our In Secure series.read more
How advance treatment preferences could be honoured under the new Mental Health Act
With the UK Government set to reform the Mental Health Act this year, law and policy makers should look to India, the US and Germany for lessons in how to design the proposed new 'Advance Choice Documents'.read more
Disabling convention: does the UN CRPD fail to reflect mental health realities?
Akiko Hart considers questions thrown up by the government's independent Mental Health Act review and responses it received.read more
"It is vital that we keep this momentum going": Rethink Mental Illness on the Mental Health Act review
An Independent Review of the Mental Health Act has proposed 150 recommendations - charity 'Rethink Mental Illness' discusses the importance of the two that the Government has accepted.read more
Interracial therapy: It's not as black and white as it may seem
'Interracial therapy is a statement of unity against a historical wedge and psychological segregation' argues Kimberly-Anne Evans.read more
Families need to feel confident about visiting A+E or calling 999 in a mental health crisis
NHS Digital claimed to 'meet' Freedom of Information Law in sharing the archived webpage pictured below this week. It's the latest setback for patient trust in crisis care. A revised Mental Health Act might restore faith.read more
Families need to feel confident about calling 999 or visiting A+E in a mental health crisis
NHS Digital claimed to 'meet' Freedom of Information Law in sharing the archived webpage pictured above this week. It's the latest setback for patient trust in crisis care. But a revised Mental Health Act can restore faith.read more
ECT is disproportionately used to treat women and older people
The Mental Health Act is vulnerable to ageist and misogynistic application, argue Dr Anna Duxbury and Dr Stephen Weatherhead.read more