Mental Health Act

mental health act

The Mental Health Act 2007 (MHA) is the law in England that controls what services can do, when they are trying to assess or treat someone, against their will.mental health

There are six main sections of the Act. There are other sections which apply to someone who comes to hospital from court or prison. You can find out about what happens when you are placed on a section of the Mental Health Act. If you are confused about what section you are on please speak to a member of staff.

Find out more information on being sectioned, forensic sections, main sections and other rights.

Mental Capacity Act

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It is a law that applies to individuals aged 16 and over. For more information, please click here.

Mental Health Act - Code_of_Practice.PDF

Code of Practice: Mental Health Act 1983 easy read booklet 


Help shape the future of the Mental Health Act! -  The Government is calling for your input on the Draft Mental Health Bill


Parliament has established a joint Committee to review the draft Mental Health Bill

The committee has issued a public call for evidence which runs until 16th September 2022

The Joint Committee has been established by the House of Lords and the House of Commons to consider the Government's draft Bill which aims to modernise the Mental Health Act for the 21st century. 

They are seeking views on how the draft Bill could be improved and how any identifiable issues could be resolved with consideration across a range of areas. They include patient autonomy and safety, detention, addressing inequalities, and the impact of the proposals on the workforce. 

To improve understanding of how people might be affected by the Draft Mental Health Bill the Joint Committee is inviting patients, families, carers, practitioners, service users and others to complete a short survey.

Responses will form part of the report and extracts from individual responses may be included in it anonymously. 

Please click on the links below to find out more: