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Mental Health Law

This section provides information and guidance about mental health law, including the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. In cases where there is doubt concerning deprivation of liberty issues, the following guidance from the Law Society may be of assistance, in addition to the other documents below:

Deprivation of Liberty - Law Society Guide

For access to our digital forms (Thalamos) as well as access to forms for printing, go here.

The Mental Health Act 1983 provides the legal framework to regulate the circumstances in which the the liberty of persons who are mentally disordered may be restricted, and, where there is conflict, to balance their interests against those of public policy.

Mental Health Act 1983

Mental Health Act Code of Practice

Mental Health Act Code of Practice Easy Read

Mental Health Act Reference Guide

Ten Point Guide to the Mental Health Act

For leaflets that explain The Mental Health Act provisions in English and other languages please click here

The Mental Health Act is currently being reviewed, for more information please click here.

The purpose of this tool kit is to act as a prompt to doctors when they are providing care and treatment for people who lack, or who may lack, the mental capacity to make decisions on their own behalf.

The tool kit contains a series of cards relating to specific areas of the Act.

The toolkit and further information can be found on the BMA website

Contact ELFT's Mental Health law office by emailing elft.mhlhub@nhs.net

City of London and Hackney: 020 8510 8980
Newham: 020 7540 6782
Tower Hamlets: 020 3594 3179

See our Contact Us section for more Trust contact numbers.