Charity Touchstone is inviting Bradford residents to have their say on the Mental Health Act (MHA) at an event in the City Hall on April 17.

The mental heath charity is seeking the views of anyone who has ever been detained under the Mental Health Act, people who have cared for someone who has, or staff who have worked with people who have been subject to the Act. Touchstone is particularly keen to hear from people from BME communities in the city.

The focus group style event starts with a lunch at 12 noon and runs until 3 pm. It is part of a national independent review of the Act, including how practice can be changed and improved. Touchstone has run similar events in Dewsbury and Leeds.

Alison Lowe, chief executive of Touchstone, explains: “The MHA Review Group asked us to run these focus groups as every year we work with around 1,000 BME people, particularly from Black and Asian communities. People from BME backgrounds are more likely to be detained under the Act – and for longer.  The review wants to learn why this is the case, and what can be done in the future to better support BME people with mental health issues.”

To register for a place at the event on April 17, or to find out more information, please call Touchstone on 0113 271 8277 or email

Touchstone, which works extensively throughout West Yorkshire, is the only mental health charity in the Sunday Times Top 100 Not For Profit Organisation to Work For, and regularly wins national accolades for its best practice in diversity and inclusion. The charity was recently ranked 20th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list, and in December 2017 – for the second consecutive year – it came top in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List.