Tomorrow, the first parliamentary debate on the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act will take place.
The Mental Health Act allows people to be detained and treated without their consent if they are experiencing a mental health crisis and they pose a risk to themselves or others. Last year there were around 50,000 detentions under the act. The law is badly out of date as it assumes people living with mental illness who are detained under the act shouldn’t have a say in their treatment, or how their loved ones are involved in their care. We have been campaigning to change that.
The government has promised to publish a white paper by the end of the year and this debate is a chance to shape what that will look like. It’s really important that as many MPs as possible attend. Already, over 700 of you have emailed your MPs. If you haven’t yet, please add your voice now. If you or your loved ones have experience of being treated under the act, you’ll get a chance to mention that in your email.
For updates on the debate tomorrow, follow our twitter account.
Recognising those who make a difference
Do you know a member or a campaigner who has made a big difference to people living with mental illness? Does your group go the extra mile to support people? Do you have a talent for art or poetry? Then enter our awards.
Use our guidelines to help you put together a nomination. The deadline for all nominations is 11.59pm on Sunday 1 September. Award winners are announced, and awards given, at our National Members’ Day event in November.
Walk for a good cause
Walky Talky, our walking fundraising event, is back! Sign up now to take part in one of our group walks in London on 8 September or Derby on 22 September. Or host your own walk wherever you like.
We’ve got lots of tips and ideas to help you organise a walk, get people talking about mental health, and raise money to fund vital services.
OCD and intrusive thoughts
“There are many different types of OCD… In my case I developed the form of OCD that is commonly called Pure O or Purely Obsessional. It has this name because the person with OCD seems to only have obsessions and no visible compulsions. In fact, the person does have compulsions, it’s just that the compulsions are done internally e.g. mental checking. To experience the condition is to be constantly bombarded with unwanted intrusive thoughts causing you great anxiety and at times terror.”
Read Oli’s blog about OCD, and find out more about symptoms, causes and treatments on our new factsheet.