Mental health

The Mental Health Act 1983 is the main piece of legislation that covers the assessment, treatment and rights of people with a mental health disorder.

The full text of the Mental Health Act 1983 is on the site.

The NHS site provides detailed guidance on the Mental Health Act and mental health generally.

Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. They work by: advancing the views, needs and ambitions of people with mental health problems, challenging discrimination and promoting inclusion, influencing policy through campaigning and education, inspiring the development of quality services which reflect expressed need and diversity, achieving equal rights through campaigning and education. They have a section on Legal Rights.

Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems.

Mental Health Law Online is an internet resource on mental health law in England & Wales. There are three sections:

  • Caselaw; regularly updated commentaries on the cases, with links to the full text judgments on Bailii. (Bailii contains nearly every judgment, but no specific commentary.)
  • Legislation; The full text of, and a simple and up-to-date commentary on, the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and related legislation.
  • General articles to explain the concepts and terminology used in the caselaw and legislation sections and practical guidance for lawyers.
    To add to the wiki, you have to register (create an “account”) but it is free.

Access Law, a firm of solicitors in Southampton, provide a brief summary of the Act. They are accredited with the Law Society’s Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel as well as being a member of Resolution and an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. They will provide an initial free response to an email request for information.

Counselling Directory provides a UK-wide counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. The directory (free to use) also contains a number of sections on emotional disorders (types of distress section) and provides some useful statistics. Every counsellor on the site who has submitted their profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications to the organisation or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice.