The Mental Health Act 1983 is the law that allows you to be kept in hospital against your will for assessment or treatment of a mental health problem. You may be told you are "detained" under the Act or that you have been "sectioned". Not all sections are the same. The section you are on will mean different things to the section someone else is on. If you are not sure ask your nurse which section you are on.
Compulsory admission consists of parts 2 & 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Part 2 of the Act deals with patients who are detained in hospital but have no criminal proceedings against them. Part 3 of Act, known as the 'Forensic Sections', deals with patients who have been involved in criminal proceedings.
To find out more about the different types of section please click on the links below:
|Part 2 of the Act||Part 3 of the Act Forensic Sections||Part 3 of the Act Forensic Restricted Sections|
|Section 2 ›||Section 35 ›||Section 37/41 ›|
|Section 3 ›||Section 36 ›||Section 41 ›|
|Section 4 ›||Section 37 ›||Section 47/49 ›|
|Section 5(2) ›||Section 38 ›||Section 48/49 ›|
|Section 5(4) ›||Section 47 ›|
|Section 136 ›||Section 48 ›|