The Mental Heath Act Reform and Human Rights The Mental Health Act 1983 is a piece of legislation in England and Wales setting out when people can be detained and hospitalised for mental health treatment. Following on from an independent review announced in 2017 which stated that the Act did not work as well as it should do, the government published a White Paper in January 2021 on plans to change and update the Mental Health Act, and there is now an open consultation process on the proposed changes. You can read our Plain Language Explainer on The Mental Health Act White Paper and Consultation here. The consultation closes on the 21 April 2021. We have held two sessions with partners NSUN (the National Survivor User Network) in order to give people an opportunity to share their views and experiences of working with the Act or accessing mental health services, and to and learn more about the Mental Health Act White Paper consultation process. Thank you to everyone who shared you views, either during the session or in the survey. We are currently working on our response to the consultation, centering the views and experiences you shared. We will make our response public once completed.