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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SCT Sec 3 [Tam] edited.pdf 56KB PDF Translated leaflet Tamil 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3-Persian.pdf 1424KB PDF Translated leaflet Farsi 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3.pdf 125KB PDF Translated leaflet Italian 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3.pdf 198KB PDF Translated leaflet Lithuanian 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3.pdf 115KB PDF Translated leaflet Russian 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3.pdf 107KB PDF Translated leaflet Turkish 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3_AR.pdf 1549KB PDF Translated leaflet Arabic 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3_FRE.pdf 121KB PDF Translated leaflet French 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3_FRE.pdf 121KB PDF Translated leaflet Gujarati 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3_KO.pdf 184KB PDF Translated leaflet Korean 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3_Mandarin Chinese.pdf 462KB PDF Translated leaflets Mandarin 15 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3_PL.pdf 116KB PDF Translated leaflet Polish 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3_Pt.pdf 104KB PDF Translated leaflet Portuguese 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3_sp.pdf 66KB PDF Translated leaflet Spanish 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3_SW.PDF 33KB PDF Translated leaflet Swahili 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3_Sylheti.pdf 84KB PDF Translated leaflet Sylheti 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3_Urdu edited.pdf 127KB PDF Translated leaflet Urdu 12 Oct 2018
SCT Sec 3_vietnamese.pdf 134KB PDF Translated leaflets Vietnamese 15 Oct 2018
SCTSec3 Hebrew.pdf 1471KB PDF Translated leaflet Hebrew 12 Oct 2018
SCT_Sec_3-Alb.pdf 101KB PDF Translated leaflet 12 Oct 2018