We are writing our response to the White Paper. Do you have experience of being sectioned or of supporting someone who has? Answer our four questions to add your views on what changes you’d like to see to the future Mental Health Act. If there are any questions you don't have views on, you can skip them. We’ll use these responses anonymously as part of our response to the UK Government.
1. Making it harder to detain someone
The changes to the law would tighten up the criteria for sectioning. Stronger criteria for sectioning would say that detention must benefit you and that you, or someone else, would come to serious harm if you were not detained:
• Detention must have a therapeutic benefit for the person
• There must be “a substantial likelihood of significant harm to the health, safety or welfare of the person, or the safety of any other person”.