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Mental Health Act leaflets

Mental Health Act

The Mental Health Act is a law that guides the compulsory treatment and care of people with mental health problems. If you are very unwell, you might be kept in hospital under section, or allowed to leave hospital under a community treatment order.

Find out more

Our leaflets

Being a voluntary patient (PDF)

In hospital under section (PDF)

Community Treatment Orders (PDF)

Section 117 Aftercare (PDF)

Nearest relative (PDF)

Mental Health Act Solicitors List (PDF)

NHS easy read leaflets

Community Treatment Orders (PDF)

Detention (Also called Sectioned) (PDF)

Independent Mental Health Advocate (PDF)

Information you must be given (PDF)

Leaving the ward (PDF)

People making decisions for you (PDF)

Questions for your family to ask when you are detained (PDF)

Questions to ask when you are detained (PDF)

Sharing your information with professionals (PDF)

Visiting (PDF)

Your decisions and wishes in advance (PDF)

Your nearest relative (PDF)

Your treatment and care plan (PDF)

More information and advice

Ask a member of staff, or your Independent mental health advocate (IMHA). You can also check these sources:

MIND mental health charity  
Legal line: 0300 466 6463 (local rate) 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday (not bank holidays)
email: or write to:

Mind Legal Line, Unit 9, Cefn Coed Parc Nantgarw Cardiff CF15 7QQ

Rethink Mental Illness  
Advice and information: 0300 5000 927 (local rate)
9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday (not bank holidays)