Mental Health legislation
What is the Mental Health Act?
The Mental Health Act sets out:
- When you can be admitted, detained and treated in hospital against your wishes.
- Your right to appeal and the right to get help from an advocate.
- How you can leave hospital and what aftercare you can expect to get.
Code of practice
The code of practice provides statutory guidance to registered medical practitioners, approved clinicians, managers and staff of providers, and Approved Mental Health Professionals, (AMHP’s) on how they should carry out statutory functions under the Mental Health Act.
Access to an Independent Mental Health Advocate
If you are detained under the Mental Health Act, you can use an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) to make sure you are supported in having your views heard.
For further information on Independent Mental Health Advocacy Services visit the Surrey Advocacy Service website.