Explains the rights that you have if you are sectioned and detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983.
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.
Maintains registers of drivers and vehicles.
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.
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 July 2020. We will revise it in 2023.
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