Jargon buster

A guide to some of the terms used within the NHS

Family/Systemic Therapy

Difficulties in relationships with your family, partners and friends can be bad for your mental health. If this is the case, a family or couple can be seen together. The therapy helps people to see both their strengths and limitations and to try different ways of getting on together. Family therapy can be helpful if the mental illness of a family member affects the rest of the family.

Formal patient

A person who is legally kept in hospital under a section of The Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) (often called "a section").

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