APPG AHW Webinar – How culture and creativity can support changes to the MHA

17/05/21 to 17/05/21
11.30am - 1.00pm
Online event
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About the Event

How can the arts, culture and creativity contribute to better experiences for people who come into contact with mental health services, and support the recommended changes to the Mental Health Act 1983?

The government consultation on Reforming the Mental Health Act (MHA) closed on the 21st April 2021. This roundtable discussion will explore how culture and creativity can support the four principles on which the reforms are based. They aim to place people at the centre of decisions about their own care and ensure everyone is treated equally. The principles are:

  • choice and autonomy – ensuring service users’ views and choices are respected
  • least restriction – ensuring the MHA’s powers are used in the least restrictive way
  • therapeutic benefit – ensuring patients are supported to get better, so they can be discharged from the MHA
  • the person as an individual – ensuring patients are viewed and treated as individuals

Chair: Ben Spencer MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Speakers include:

Dr Lorna Collins, Research Fellow, Expert by Experience

David Cutler, Director of The Baring Foundation

Sue Flowers, LENs North West Champion and Artist

Sandra Griffiths, Founder and Director of The Red Earth Collective

Dr Roisin Mooney and Professor Kam Bhui, University of Oxford

Stephen Sandford, Professional Lead for Allied Health Professionals, East London NHS Foundation Trust

Clancy Williams, Director, Angels Without Wings

Responses from:

Baroness Lister of Burtersett

Baroness Meacher


How to Book

This webinar will be hosted on Zoom by Arts & Health South West on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Book your free ticket via eventbrite

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