Mental Health Act 1983 - About
The Mental Health Act 1983 is the law which sets out when you can be admitted, detained and treated in hospital against your wishes. This is only done if you are putting your own safety or someone else’s at risk and you have a mental disorder. Because the Mental Health Act has different sections, it is commonly known as being ‘sectioned’. The Mental Health Act covers what rights you have, how you can leave hospital and what aftercare you can expect to get. The Act applies in England and Wales.
This information only covers the ‘civil sections’ of the Mental Health Act, and does not cover sections that involve criminal law.
You can find more information about forensic sections here:
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