An overview of your rights under the Mental Health Act. Includes FAQs, explanations of legal terms and links to further information and support.
To find advocacy services and groups in your area, you could call Mind's Legal Line or contact your local Mind.
If you're in hospital, you can also contact:
In some circumstances, you may be legally entitled to get the support of an advocate. See our page on your legal rights to advocacy for more information.
Regulates and inspects health and social care services in England.
Can tell you if you're eligible for legal aid, and give you free and confidential legal advice if so.
Deals with cases in England relating to the Mental Health Act 1983.
Independent regulator for healthcare in Wales, where you can make complaints and provide feedback.
Information about Law Centres, which defend the legal rights of people who can't afford a lawyer. Includes a searchable directory.
Professional association for solicitors in England and Wales. Includes a searchable directory of solicitors.
Professional association for solicitors specialising in mental health law. Includes a list of solicitors by local area.
Deals with cases in Wales relating to the Mental Health Act 1983.
This information was published in November 2018. We will revise it in 2021.
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