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Your rights – for young people 

Information to help you understand what legal rights you have for your mental health.

How we can help

When you have a mental health problem, it's important to understand what rights you have.

Understanding your rights can help you to make sure you're being treated fairly, and that you're getting the support you need.

Our information pages will explain the different rights you have for your mental health.

Understanding my rights>

Information on what your rights are and why they're important.

Understanding confidentiality>

A guide that explains how and when information about your mental health is kept private.

Advocacy and mental health>

A guide that explains advocacy and how advocates can help you to get your voice heard. Also explains self-advocacy.

Being a voluntary patient>

A guide that explains what happens and what your rights are when you go into hospital as a voluntary patient.​

Being sectioned>

A guide that explains what happens and what your rights are when you're sectioned.

Treatment and support glossary>

Explains words and phrases that you may hear when getting treatment and support for your mental health. Includes legal terms.

Useful contacts>

If you need more support, there are a number of organisations you can contact.

“Knowing what your rights are is really important, so you can tell someone if you're not getting what you should be.”

Bupa Foundation Partnership

Our information for children and young people has been developed with funding from the Bupa Foundation.

To find out more, visit our page on the Bupa Foundation and Mind partnership.

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