In the UK, our human rights are protected by law. This law is called the Human Rights Act 1998.
- You are protected under the Human Rights Act if you live in the UK. This includes if you are a foreign national, detained in hospital or in prison.
- If a court agrees that your human rights have been breached, it can make a declaration of incompatibility. The government would then decide whether the law needs changing as a result.
- This guide only covers the Human Rights Act from the point of view of a person with a mental health problem.
- This guide applies to England and Wales.
- This guide contains general legal information, not legal advice. We recommend you get advice from a specialist legal adviser or solicitor who will help you with your specific situation and needs. See Useful contacts for more information.
- The legal information in this guide does not apply to children unless specifically stated.
This information was published in August 2017. We will revise it in 2019.