What is the Mental Health Act 1983?


The Mental Health Act 1983 provides that people can be detained in hospital if they have a mental disorder that puts them or others at risk. It also provides that they can be treated against their wishes if necessary, provided certain conditions are met. This is informally known as being ‘sectioned’, which is a reference to the different sections of the Mental Health Act that provides different levels and durations of detainment depending on the person’s condition.


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