The government wants to hear from you on their proposed changes to the Mental Health Act.  

These proposals follow a 2017 independent review of the Mental Health Act.

The review found the Mental Health Act did not always work as well as it should.

What is the Mental Health Act?

The Mental Health Act applies to all of us who need help to manage our mental health needs. 

The changes are designed to make the sure the person receiving care is at the centre of all decisions made.

The changes are also suggested to ensure everyone is treated equally. 

What are the principles of the changes?

  1. The government wants to ensure mental health care workers listen to and respect the choices of those receiving care.
  2. People should only be kept in hospital if they really need to be.
  3. Care should support people to get better as soon as they can.
  4. Every individual should be treated as such.

Where can I find more information?

For more information please visit the government website here

There is also an Easy Read version of this information. This includes questions about the changes to the Mental Health Act which you can answer.

Inclusion Gloucestershire and MHELO will be organising some online meetings to talk about this consultation and if you would like to be involved in these, please let us know by emailing and we will let you know the dates.

Easy Read Version (.docx download)

How and when can I respond?

You can complete the standard online form here. There is also an Easy Read online form here.

Or email your views to:

Please do not include any personal information in your answers.

Remember to send your answers by the 21 April 2021