From Mad in the UK: This article critically analyses the use of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) in UK mental health services. It describes a misuse of the MCA that the author has labelled the ‘capacity for suicide phenomenon’. This occurs when mental health service users actively seeking help for suicidal thoughts are dismissed and denied treatment and care. At best this is due to an uninformed understanding of the law, at worst due to a fatalistic view that suicide cannot be prevented.
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