25 Aug

Mind Campaigner Rafael’s Story

Content warning: Rafael’s story has some descriptions of sectioning and restraint. Hi I’m a British Muslim of Asian background living with a mental health condition. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2018. I live in Surrey and work in Central London, and I’m a Mind campaigner. My experience of being sectioned was a horrible…

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26 May

Young people deserve better – inpatient care

A hospital should be a safe place where everyone can get treatment for mental health problems. But for young people, the reality is often very different. We asked young people what they thought about the upcoming reforms to the Mental Health Act and what needs to change to improve their experiences of inpatient care. Last…

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21 Feb

“The Mental Health Act Failed Me” – Freya (Mind Campaigner)

Content warning: Freya’s story has some descriptions of sectioning, forced medication and restraint My name is Freya and I’m 20 years old. Mind’s call for the UK government to address the failing in inpatient mental health care is very important to me. From 2018 to 2021, I spent most of my time in psychiatric hospitals detained…

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22 Jan

Reforming the Mental Health Act

*We try to make sure our emails are as safe as possible for our campaigners, so want to let you know that this email mentions suicide. Please read with care.* We have some exciting news! After a long wait of over two years, on Wednesday the UK Government published their plans to reform the Mental…

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03 Sep

Sectioned in a Pandemic – Mind Video

Being sectioned under the Mental Health Act is one of the most traumatic things that can happen to someone. It means being held against your will, usually in hospital, with little or no say over what happens to you. Whilst you’re under a section, a panel of people called a Tribunal, can assess how you’re…

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13 Jun

Black mental health matters

Being sectioned under the Mental Health Act is one of the most traumatic things that can happen to someone. In 2018 an independent review of the Mental Health Act made over 150 recommendations for urgent reform to improve people’s choice over their treatment, and ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect. After 18 months,…

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