Mental Health Act 1983

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Mental Health Act 19832016-12-28T03:03:28+00:00

Mental Health Act 1983 


A (UK) Parliamentary Act which, among other things, allows the compulsory detention in hospital for assessment and/or treatment of an individual with signs of mental disorder that suggest that they are a risk to themselves or others.

The Mental Health Act 1983 describes the circumstances under which a person can be detained to treat a mental disorder without consent, delineating processes and safeguards which ensure that the patients are not inappropriately detained or treated without their consent. The main purpose of the 1983 Act is to ensure that people with serious mental disorders who threaten their health or safety or the safety of the public can be treated irrespective of their consent where it is necessary to prevent them from harming themselves or others. Those detained under the Act have the right to appeal against their detention. The Act was amended in 2007. 


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