About Jo’s Blog

Who is Jo Roberts?

This is my story: I’ve been subject to compulsory treatment a few times in my life and was sectioned for long periods. I am still subject to a Home Office section. Having been through this, I strongly feel that we need a service that works as hard as possible to prevent people from needing to go to hospital, and that treats them with respect when there’s no choice but to compel them.

I originally campaigned for a fair Mental Health Act back in the early noughties when a draft new Act was being considered by Parliament; however, despite our vigorous campaigning we only achieved an amending act which modified parts of the 1983 Mental Health Act.

Why am I writing this Blog?

Because I need your help! With our support, service user and carer-led charity Hafal can take forward our perspective and fight for a progressive Mental Health Act fit for the 21st Century – an Act that gives patients and carers in Wales a fairer deal.

Where can I find out more about the Mental Health Act review?

To find out more about the UK Government’s Independent Review of the Mental Health Act visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/independent-review-of-the-mental-health-act

For an overview of the current Act please visit: http://www.mentalhealthwales.net/the-mental-health-act-1983-amended-in-2007/

How can I get involved?

If you agree with the points I make in my Blog, or if you would like to add your own points, please email me at josblog@hafal.org or write to me care of Hafal, Unit B3, Lakeside Technology Park, Phoenix Way, Llansamlet, Swansea SA7 9FE.

Alternatively you can hashtag me using the following: #josblog