Campaigns     21/04/2023

Jo’s Blog

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. Until 2020 I was 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. I played a leading part in seeing off a new draft act which was not taking us in the right direction at all. We then ended up with 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 Adferiad 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:

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 or write to me care of Adferiad, Unit B3, Lakeside Technology Park, Phoenix Way, Llansamlet, Swansea SA7 9FF.

Alternatively you can hashtag me using the following: #josblog