Responding to the Queen’s Speech, Mental Health Network chief executive Sean Duggan said: “We welcome the Government’s commitment to prioritising mental health and the planned reform of mental health legislation which is much needed. The Mental Health Act has played an important role in supporting people who have reached the point of crisis, but it is nearly 35 years old and clearly needs refreshing.
“It would have been a mistake to scrap it and start from scratch without undertaking a full review. So we support the proposal for reform and in particular identifying why the number of detentions under the act have risen by around 10 per cent year-on-year since 2010/11.”