Mental health act

Member of staff and service user

Mental health act

Admissions to hospital

Most people who receive treatment in hospitals or psychiatric units for mental health conditions are there voluntarily and have the same rights as people receiving treatment for physical illnesses. However, a small number of patients may need to be compulsorily detained under a section of the Mental Health Act (1983). This law explains who is involved in the decision about compulsory admission or detention, and the individual’s or their nearest relative’s right of appeal.

In the document library below, you will find leaflets based on Department of Health information and advice on patients' rights when detained under the Mental Health Act. They come in 25 different languages.

We very much hope that patients, carers, voluntary organisations and health services find them useful.

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If you require further information about the Mental Health Act in a different language, please visit the translated leaflets in the document folder below. Here, you will find lots of information about the Mental Health Act, including information on sections as well as guardianship and a general overview. 

Leaflets are available in the following languages; Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Sylheti, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese. If you require this information in an alternative leaflet please contact the PALS team here: