24 April 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Mental Health Question Time

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by National Elf Service

Compulsory Admissions & the Mental Health Act

What can be done to reduce detentions and use of the Mental Health Act?

Involuntary detentions in psychiatric hospital have increased by 50% in England in the last decade. This rise in the use of detention has been more rapid than almost anywhere else in Europe. People from Black and minority ethnic groups are more likely to be detained than White British people.

These are not intended consequences of policy or practice, and the reasons for them are poorly understood. The recent Mental Health Act Review sought to address these burning issues for mental health care and modernise mental health legislation in England.

  • How far could the proposed changes in legislation stem the rising rate of detentions?
  • How can changes in mental health practice and clinical culture be achieved, which might reduce the use of detentions?
  • What preventive support or innovative crisis alternatives might reduce the need for detention?
  • Can the use of detention be legitimate at all in a human rights-concordant mental health care system?

Join the public discussion in Mental Health Question Time at 1800-1930 BST on Wednesday 24th April 2019 as we bring together a diverse panel of service users, researchers, clinicians, a barrister and a service manager. Join the audience in London or follow the conversation online via our live video stream and onĀ Twitter using #MHQT.

Expert panel:

  • George Szmukler (Chair)
  • Steve Gilbert
  • Bryn Lloyd-Evans
  • Lade Smith
  • Mark Trewin
  • Rai Waddingham
  • Alex Ruck-Keene
  • Claire Henderson

Watch previous Mental Health Question Time events on YouTube.

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24 April 2019
from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


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20 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AJ, UK

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