Mental Health Act 1983

An overview of your rights under the Mental Health Act. Includes FAQs, explanations of legal terms and links to further information and support.

Your stories

How to help someone who's been sectioned

Harriet from our information team shares ways to help someone who's been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Mind Info team
Posted on 07/03/2017

How the Mind Legal Line helped me

Susan blogs about how the Mind Legal Line helped her when her mother developed psychosis and was sectioned.

Susan
Posted on 21/04/2015

The night I spent in a cell

Claire blogs about why a police cell was the last place she needed to be during a mental health crisis.

Posted on 27/11/2014

Mind's Legal Line

Our Legal Line can provide you with legal information and general advice.                                                                                                

 

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

cqc.org.uk
For complaints about anything that may have happened during your time in hospital under section (in England).

 

Citizens Advice

citizensadvice.org.uk (England)
walescitizensadvice.org.uk/wales (Wales)
Provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. They also have an online self-help service.

 

Civil Legal Advice

gov.uk/civil-legal-advice
Civil Legal Advice can tell you if you’re eligible for legal aid and can give you free and confidential legal advice in England and Wales.

 

First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health)

gov.uk/courts-tribunals/first-tier-tribunal-mental-health
Deals with cases in England relating to the Mental Health Act 1983, for example deciding whether you can be discharged from your section.

 

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales

hiw.org.uk
For complaints about anything that may have happened during your time in hospital under section (in Wales).

 

Law Centres Network

lawcentres.org.uk
Network of local Law Centres which can offer legal advice, casework and representation to people who can't afford a lawyer. Provides an online list of local Law Centres.

 

The Law Society

lawsociety.org.uk
The Law Society provides details of private solicitors. It has offices in both England and Wales.

 

Mental Health Lawyers Association

mhla.co.uk
The Mental Health Lawyers Association provides details of private solicitors in England and Wales. It has a geographical list of solicitors specialising in mental health law.

 

Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales

http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgid=816&pid=34216
029 2082 5328
Crown Buildings, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ
Deals with cases in Wales relating to the Mental Health Act 1983, for example deciding whether you can be discharged from your section. The NHS Wales website provides more information.

 

Revolving Doors Agency

revolving-doors.org.uk
For people with mental health problems who are in contact with the criminal justice system.

 


This information was published in November 2018. We will revise it in 2020.

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