Mental Health Act 1983
This section provides information about detention under the Mental Health Act. This includes the criteria for detention or ‘sectioning’, information about different sections and the rights of someone who has been detained.
- The Mental Health Act is the law which sets out when you can be admitted, detained and treated in hospital against your wishes. It is also known as being ‘sectioned’.
- For this to happen, certain people must agree that you have a mental disorder that requires a stay in hospital. There you will have an assessment and be given treatment if needed.
- This is only done when you are putting your own safety or someone else’s at risk.
- You can sometimes be given treatment even if you don’t want it.
- There are different sections of the Mental Health Act that have different aims.
- You have certain rights under the Mental Health Act, including the right to appeal and the right to get help from an advocate.
- Section 117 aftercare is free aftercare that you get once you leave hospital under certain sections.
The following webpages look at:
- What is the Mental Health Act?
- What is a mental disorder according to the Mental Health Act?
- What happens when I am sectioned?
- What support can I get whilst I am in hospital?
- Can I avoid being sectioned?
- Section 2
- Section 3
- Section 4
- Section 5
- Community Treatment Orders
- Further reading
These pages are created by the Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in February 2014. Next review February 2016.
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