Mental health act
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.
Information available in other languages
To translate the text on this page, please click on the 'select language' option on the top of the toolbar and click on the relevant language. Alternatively, if you wish for this information to be read out to you, please click on the orange button with a letterr 'b' on it found on the toolbar on the bottom of the page.
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: www.nhft.nhs.uk/pals
|ECT for patients detained in hospital.rtf||101KB RTF||Mental health act leaflet||06 Mar 2017|
|ECT Hebrew.pdf||547KB PDF||Translated leaflet Hebrew||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT Lithuanian.pdf||82KB PDF||Translated leaflet Lithuanian||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT Pashto.pdf||127KB PDF||Translated leaflet Pashto||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT Polish||85KB PDF||Translated leaflet Polish||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT [Tam].pdf||36KB PDF||Translated leaflet Tamil||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT-Alb (2).pdf||69KB PDF||Translated leaflet||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT-Persian.pdf||621KB PDF||Translated leaflet Farsi||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT.pdf||39KB PDF||Translated leaflet Hindi||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT.pdf||47KB PDF||Translated leaflet Italian||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT.pdf||85KB PDF||Translated leaflet Russian||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT.pdf||83KB PDF||Translated leaflet Turkish||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT_AR.pdf||571KB PDF||Translated leaflet Arabic||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT_FRE.pdf||75KB PDF||Translated leaflet French||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT_FRE.pdf||75KB PDF||Translated leaflet Gujarati||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT_KO.pdf||124KB PDF||Translated leaflet Korean||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT_Mandarin Chinese.pdf||305KB PDF||Translated leaflets Mandarin||15 Oct 2018|
|ECT_Pt.pdf||44KB PDF||Translated leaflet Portuguese||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT_Pun.pdf||47KB PDF||Translated leaflet Punjabi||12 Oct 2018|
|ECT_sp.pdf||17KB PDF||Translated leaflet Spanish||12 Oct 2018|