Most people treated in hospital or another mental health facility, have agreed or volunteered to be there. However, there are cases when a person can be detained (sectioned) under the Mental Health Act (1983) and treated without their agreement. People detained under the Mental Health Act need urgent treatment for a mental health disorder and are at risk of harm to themselves or others. You can read more on the NHS Choices website.
There are six main sections of the Act, as well as other sections which apply to anyone who comes to hospital from court or prison.
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