Welsh groups snub mental health plan

Charities in Wales have condemned the Government's draft Mental Health Bill for threatening people with treatment against their will.

The Wales Alliance for Mental Health, which includes groups such as Mind Cymru and Hafal, has launched a campaign for "fair mental health legislation".

Spokesman Tim Watkins said provisions in the Bill to widen compulsory treatment - formerly known as sectioning - were "highly stigmatising, linking mental illness with dangerousness".

He said that lack of resources for the treatment of mental illness in Wales could lead to people being unnecessarily detained.

A spokesperson for Mind said: "The proposals introduce fear and mistrust in a therapeutic relationship."

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