The Mental Health Act


The Mental Health Act 1983

The Mental Health Act 1983 clearly sets out the circumstances in which a person who has a mental disorder can be treated without their consent.

It also sets out the safeguards to which the person with the disorder is entitled.

The Mental Health Act gives approved social workers and doctors the right to have a person detained under the act for their own safety or to ensure the safety of others.

A person who is compulsorily admitted under the Mental Health Act 1983 can be detained for 28 days. This arrangement cannot be renewed. Such detention must be applied fro, usually by the service users nearest relative or an approved social worker, but the application must be approved by two doctors.

The Mental Health Act 2007

The majority of people


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