Mental Health Act 1983: patient information leaflets

Department of Health and Social Care, June 2018

The leaflets are designed to help hospitals and local social services authorities (LSSAs) provide written information to patients who have been detained under section 135 or 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. The leaflets explain to the person:

  • why they are in hospital
  • what to expect during this section
  • their rights
  • what could happen afterwards

The leaflets contain form fields for healthcare professionals to enter the expiry date and time of the patient’s detention.  The leaflets are non-statutory and hospitals or LSSAs are not obliged to use them.

Click here to access this resource.

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A brief guide to Section 136 for Emergency Departments

Royal College of Emergency Medicine, December 2017

This guide outlines the process to be followed when police bring a person to the Emergency Department under a section136 of the Mental Health Act and the responsibilities of the different agencies caring for the person.  It notes the main change detailed is a reduction in duration of the section from 72 hrs to 24 hours. Under 18s are no longer allowed to be taken to a police cell and adults will only be taken to a police cell under certain circumstances. Police are also required to consult a mental health professional before applying a section 136 where possible.

Click here to read the full guidance.