Please help us reach 5,000 signatures and keep up the pressure to reform the Mental Health Act.
In December, the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act acknowledged that the law is badly out of date. It’s great that the government has welcomed the review. Now we need to make sure that reform is a priority.
The good news is that you can help today by signing our petition.
We’re delivering the petition to the Prime Minister next week alongside MPs and people who have experience of being detained under the current act. By signing now you will make a real difference.
Already signed? Please share with your family and friends to help us reach 5,000 signatures.
Building communities that care
Making sure people can access high quality treatment in a timely manner is a vital part of supporting people severely affected by mental illness. But we also need to think about all the other factors that shape our mental health: our housing, our jobs, our financial situation, and our support networks.
Our new report found that people severely affected by mental illness want more wraparound support. This includes support in getting benefits, staying active, and accessing free community initiatives such as gardening or peer support groups. But many people are not getting this.
That’s why we are calling on communities and organisations to come together and support people as a whole in our new report Building Communities That Care: A Blueprint for Supporting People Severely Affected by Mental Illness in Their Local Communities by 2024.
A marathon thank you!
On Sunday 28 April, 20 runners took part in the London marathon to raise money for Rethink Mental Illness. And so far they have raised over £50,000
We want to say a massive thank you to all our runners and their supporters. All of the money raised will help us to create a better future for people severely affected by mental illness.
And if watching the marathon has inspired you to take part next year, you have until tomorrow to enter the ballot for next year! If you get a place and run for Rethink Mental Illness we will support you and be there to cheer you on.
Participants needed for research study into bipolar disorder
The University of Exeter and University of Bath are running a joint research study looking at the relationship between caffeine and physical activity and mood in people living with bipolar disorder. They are recruiting volunteers nationally and you can take part via phone, email or post. They are also recruiting individuals with previous experience of depression. The study has been approved by an NHS ethics committee.