World Mental Health Day 2020
World Mental Health Day takes place on Saturday 10th October and this year’s theme is ‘mental health for all.’ Did you know that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point? Just like our physical health, we all have mental health and it is important that we take care of it.
This year has certainly been a challenging one and many people are struggling with their mental wellbeing after months of lockdown, the impact of COVID-19 and the uncertainty that lies ahead. According to the charity Mind, 60% of adults and 68% of young people report that their mental health has got worse during lockdown.
If like many others you are struggling with your mental health then it is important that you feel able to seek help from trained professionals. For most, that help will be available in the community but for a few this may involve an admission to hospital.
Can I be kept in hospital without my agreement?
You can be kept in hospital and given treatment without your agreement under the Mental Health Act. This is sometimes referred to as ‘sectioning’ because the Mental Health has different sections and these are used for different reasons. The most frequently used sections are 2 and 3. How long you can be kept in hospital without your agreement will depend on which section you are being detained under.
What are my rights under the Mental Health Act if I’m forced to stay in hospital?
Your rights will depend on which section you are being detained under and we can provide you with specialist advice based on your individual circumstances. If you are detained under sections 2 or 3 and disagree with this decision then you can appeal to a tribunal. We can help you to do this and you will be entitled to free legal aid for advice and representation.
What is the impact of COVID-19?
We are still here to help you! We are working remotely and we can arrange telephone or video appointments – whatever works best for you. Tribunal hearings are taking place via video conference and we can still represent you at these hearings.
At David Gray Solicitors we have the largest team of specialist Mental Health solicitors in the North East and we are here to help you.
We understand that being sectioned can be a scary and upsetting time so, if you or someone you know needs help, please contact our specialist mental health team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0191 232 9547