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Mental Health Act 1983:
Information for Service Users
& Carers

The Mental Health Act 1983 (and amended 2007) provides a legal framework within which health and social care staff can intervene, where necessary and when the legal criteria is met, to protect people who are deemed to be suffering from a mental disorder. Lancashire Care Foundation Trust in partnership with local social services authorities provides services for people who are detained under the Mental Health Act. Services users may engage with our community teams under a supervised treatment order, under Guardianship or could be detained in hospital for assessment and treatment.

We have developed a series of Mental Health Act videos to provide information for service users and carers on the powers, roles and responsibilities within the Act and the safeguards for service users who are subject to the Mental Health Act. Please see the menu on the left to access these videos.

We would appreciate your feedback. Particularly if you have any thoughts on how the information videos or website can be developed and improved. Please send your feedback to communications@lancashirecare.nhs.uk

IMHA and advocacy services

Advocacy Focus provide IMHA services to qualifying patients receiving care and treatment from LCFT’s adult mental health, older adult mental health and child and family services.

Advocacy Experience provide IMHA services to qualifying patients receiving care and treatment from LCFT’s specialist services based a Guild Lodge.

Patient information leaflets

Please follow this link to read our patient information leaflets

LCFT Information for Carers of People Admitted to Hospital


Other useful websites and attachments

Rethink Charity Logo


Care Quality Commission Logo     

Mind Charity Logo

Detention under
the Mental Health Act
  Your rights under
the Mental Health Act
   The Mind guide to
the Mental Health Act 1983