09 May 2019

9th May 1983 - Royal Assent to Mental Health Act

On 9th May 1983 Royal Assent was given to the 1983 Mental Health Act. This act allows a patient in England and Wales to be detained formally, as opposed to voluntarily, for mental health treatment. Once formally detained the patient looses some of their freedoms. The act also legislates what treatment can be given to formally detained patients. There are a number of sections of the act under which a patient can be detained, and the act details the authority needed to impose a certain section. For example treatment could begin under Section 5(2) a temporary holding order on a voluntary patient.

The act was amended by the later 2007 Mental Health Act. The laws are described in more detail by mind. Thank you for Mental Health Timeline for this date.

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