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Find out more about service user experiences of Mental Health Act assessments

30 August 2018

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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and its charity ‘brighterway’ is supporting a local event on Monday 10 September to share the findings of a research study which explores service users’ experiences of Mental Health Act assessments.

Mental Health Act assessments are a little spoken about experience within mental health and are important, as it is when professionals make a decision whether to detain or ‘section’ a person.  This is the first study to ask service users about their experiences and it’s been led by Louise Blakley, a mental health practitioner at Southern Health. With the Government appointed Independent Review of Mental Health Act happening, this event will discuss improvements to present to this Review.  

She explains: “The event aims to share service users’ good and bad experiences and then explore how these experiences could be improved. We are looking for as many people with lived experience to attend as possible. We have some funding to cover travel expenses for those interested in coming along – so please do get in touch! Interested health professionals are also welcome.” 

The study is a collaboration between service users, researchers, an approved mental health practitioner, a psychology assistant and psychiatrists. 

To book your place at the event, which will run from 1.00-5.00pm at Wells Place Centre in Eastleigh, contact Louise.blakley@southernhealth.nhs.uk or ideally register direct on Eventbrite: bit.ly/SUexperienceMHA. There is a short pre-event form to complete online.


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