The Mental Health Act in your area
New analysis of NHS Digital data by the charity Rethink Mental Illness reveals huge regional variation of the numbers of people subject to the Mental Health Act – in some areas almost three times the national average.
The Mental Health Act is the law in England and Wales which governs when someone can be treated for a mental illness without their consent. Approximately 20,000 people are subject to the Act in any given month, and in the last decade, there has been a 47% increase in detentions. Being “subject to” the Mental Health Act includes those who are held under the Act for their own safety or for the safety of others, also known as being “sectioned”. The data also covers those who are living in the community under “Community Treatment Orders” and people who have “conditional discharges” from hospital, for example on the understanding the person takes their medication.
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