Mental Health Act 1983

Mental Health Act 1983

For clarity in complex times

The Mental Health Act 1983 provides a legal framework for assessing, treating and detaining people with mental health disorders. It’s designed to make sure that people who are suffering from mental health issues can receive the care and treatment they need.

When a person is detained under the Mental Health Act, it is important to seek legal advice. At Switalskis, our expert mental capacity solicitors work with you to achieve the best outcome.

It’s important to know the legal rights of the detainee in these cases and to have strong legal backing to support you through the process.

To talk about the specifics of the Mental Health Act 1983, talk to Switalskis today.

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You can reach us on 0800 1380 458 or through our website for a confidential conversation with an expert solicitor.

How Switalskis can help you

At Switalskis, we know that every case is different and each set of circumstances is unique. If you want to challenge a detention, we can work with you throughout this process. It’s better to seek legal advice and representation during this process. We’ll make sure that you understand the legal position of the detainee and that their voice is heard.

We want to make sure everyone is treated fairly and that the client’s rights are upheld at all times. That’s our commitment to every client, and we’ll always give you the chance to be heard.

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What is the Mental Health Act 1983?

The Mental Health Act 1983 covers the assessment, treatment and rights of those with mental health disorders. If someone is detained - sometimes referred to as being ‘sectioned’, - they have to stay in hospital so that doctors and hospital staff can carry out relevant assessments and provide any treatments they need.

For the help you need to traverse this legal landscape, contact Switalskis today. Call us on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch through our website.

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Why Switalskis?

Being detained in a mental health facility can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. It can be difficult for someone who is to make decisions that are in their own best interests, as the options available are often confusing and complicated.

Thankfully, support is available. At Switalskis, we have a thorough knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 and can work with you on how to achieve the best outcome for the situation.

We are committed to our clients and we strive to provide the highest quality service.

Clarity in complexity

The legal complexities of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the proceedings that surround it can be complicated and confusing. Switalskis is committed to making things as simple as possible. We’ll keep you informed, provide clear advice, answer your questions and make sure you always understand where your case is up to.

Empathy at every step

At Switalskis, our priority is to make sure the vulnerable are treated fairly and within the law during their detention and any tribunal proceedings. We’ll make sure their voice is heard and support you with a degree of empathy and compassion.

Expertise you can trust

Our solicitors are accredited by the Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Scheme and are experienced in advising and representing those detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. We advise on all aspects of detention, including:

  • rights of appeal
  • s117 after-care
  • tribunal and independent managers’ reviews
  • attendance at Care Programme Approach meetings where necessary

We also specialise in dealing with the ‘Displacement of Nearest Relatives’ before the County Court.

Championing your rights

Even while someone is detained, they have rights that must be upheld. We will work hard to secure the best outcome for our client.

Find out how Switalskis can help you

If you need legal advice relating to the Mental Health Act 1983, including any involuntary detention, call Switalskis as soon as you can on 0800 138 0458 . Alternatively, you can contact us through our website to talk about your situation.

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