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Patients and carers

Mental Health Act

Patients and carers

Mental Health Act

Patients and carers

Mental Health Act

Patients and carers

Mental Health Act

The Mental Health Act is a law that guides the compulsory treatment and care of people with mental health problems. 

If you are very unwell, you might be kept in hospital under section, or allowed to leave hospital under a community treatment order.

You have the right to free and confidential support from an independent mental health advocate (IMHA) if you are under section.

The nearest relative of someone under section also has particular powers under the act. 

Ask a member of staff if have any questions, concerns or complaints about your section.

If you disagree with your section or want it to end, you can appeal.

Voluntary patients
have chosen to be in hospital. They are also known as informal patients.

More information and support

The main NHS website has information about the Mental Health Act, including easy read information and films.

For more detailed information visit either the Mind website or Rethink Mental Illness.

Watch this video about the Mental Health Act: