On 6 December the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act published its final report. The review was set up by the government to look at how the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how it can be improved. This important report makes a number of recommendation for changes to the Act including giving more people the right to an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA). Following publication of the report the government has announced that it will introduce a new Mental Health Bill.

POhWER’s Director of Support Services, Roan Dyson said:
‘Being admitted into hospital when unwell can be scary, unsettling and extremely disempowering. We are pleased to see changes being suggested that will ensure more and more people who find themselves in this situation will have the right to have their voice heard and the support to do so.’

You can read POhWER’s brief summary of the final report here

The full report and an Easy Read summary of the recommendations can be found at:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/modernising-the-mental-health-act-final-report-from-the-independent-review