Know your rights

Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 Some documents to have in your back pocket if you’re going into a psychiatric ward or to a mental health-related meeting:

  • Mental Health Act 1983
    • Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 (Department of Health, 2008) (nearly 400 pages divided up into sections)
    • Reference Guide to the Mental Health Act 1983 (Department of Health, 2008) (not a quick read at over 300 pages, but divided into different sections to help you understand the Act)
  • NICE Guidelines – Service user experience in adult mental health (CG136) – What you should be able to expect when receiving mental health services, published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

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Documents setting out more rights:

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Some bits and bobs on human rights and mental health to find a place for:

 

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