In 2018, Professor Sir Simon Wessely concluded his review of the Mental Health Act 1983 and recommended certain actions. In early 2021, the Government announced a consultation about the White Paper and today, they have published their response. To their consultation
This is an early post after a relatively light read. It highlights the main points of the review as they affect the police service.
There are only two main issues emphasised, in addition to the general need for ‘awareness’ and improved focus in policing and the broader criminal justice system (for example around neuro-diversity).
But the two particular points are —
When I’ve more time, I will cover some of the stuff that’s not about these policing issues. If you’re going to try to read all this, be aware it’s a long and dense read, so good luck!
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