Section 135 Being taken to a place of safety from a private place
This section looks at section 135 of the Mental Health Act. It looks at the professionals you might come across in hospital, when and how they use this section. It explains what your rights are during this section and what could happen afterwards.
- The Mental Health Act is the law which professionals use. They can use section 135 to take you to a place of safety for a mental health assessment. This is known as being ‘sectioned’.
- Mental health professionals can ask for a judge to let them come in your home. Once in they can bring you to a place of safety. They can only do this if they think you have a mental illness and need care.
- Section 135 lets the police come into your home.
- The police can come in to your home even if you don’t want them to.
- A place of safety can be a hospital or a police station. The police can move you from one place to another.
- Doctors can keep you on this section for up to 72 hours.
- During this time, mental health professionals may do a Mental Health Act assessment with you. This will see if you need to be in hospital because of your mental health.
- After your assessment you may leave hospital or you may stay under a section of the Mental Health Act.
- You have rights under this section. You can get legal advice, ask the police or hospital to tell someone where you are and get mental health treatment.
This section covers:
- What professionals might I come across?
- When do professionals use this section?
- How do professionals use this section?
- How long will I be on this section?
- What are my rights?
- Can doctors treat me if I don’t want it?
- What might happen after this section?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service. Last reviewd October 2015 next review August 2018.
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