Most people treated at our hospitals and Trust locations, have agreed or volunteered to be there.
However, you can be held under the Mental Health Act (1983). Some people call this sectioning. This means you may be treated without your agreement.
People detained under the Mental Health Act need urgent treatment for their mental health. They may be at risk of harm to themselves or others. You can read more NHS information about the Mental Health Act.
Sections of the act
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:
- Section 2 – Admission for assessment
- Section 3 – Admission for treatment
- Section 4 – Admission for assessment in cases of emergency
- Section 5 (2) – Application in respect of patient already in hospital
- Section 5 (4) – Application in respect of patient already in hospital.
- Section 136 – Removal etc of mentally disordered persons without a warrant
Easy read information
We recommend the national NHS Easy Read information about the Mental Health Act.
In addition, you may find these Easy Read PDFs helpful:
A nurse’s power to detain a person being treated for a mental disorder as a hospital inpatient.
Detention in hospital for assessment in an emergency.
Admission to hospital for assessment.
Admission to hospital for treatment.
Remand to hospital for assessment.
Remand to hospital treatment.
Your rights under the Mental Health Act section 37.
Your rights under the Mental Health Act and restriction order under Section 41.
Interim hospital order.
Patients whose restrictions have come to an end.
Prisoners moved from prison to hospital for treatment.
Transfer to hospital with restrictions of a person serving a sentence of imprisonment.
Transfer to hospital of an unsentenced prisoner (with or without restrictions).
Supervised community treatment.
Recall to hospital of a patient on supervised community treatment.