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: 



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Name Size/Type Description Date
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