Campaigner calls for dramatic mental health changes
A MENTAL health campaigner is looking to shake-up the system as part of his bid to make sure the UK is compliant with United Nations recommendations.
Ben Bamber, 38, who lives in Montpellier Villas in Cheltenham, has launched Mental Health Manifesto, a campaign which he hopes will improve people's awareness of a declaration made by the UN in 2008.
The declaration sets out the rights of mental health patients with regard to detainment and forced treatment.
He said: "The issue for me is that this declaration has not been publicised properly and a lot of patients don't know about it.
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"A lot of the people I have spoken to have never heard of it.
"But this is the biggest step forward in mental health. It is on a par with the Suffragette movement."
Mr Bamber has come up with his own proposals he believes would make the UK compliant.
They include taking the current mental health detainment process out of the hands of doctors and into the hands of a qualified magistrate.
He wants to find out views his ideas.
He said: "I want to spread the word and find out about how patients feel about this."
Visit www.mentalhealthmanifesto.blogspot. co.uk for more.